The teachers where I live are on strike AGAIN. I had a post before, a plea for teachers, and I’d like to add to that.
My mom is a teacher and two of my aunts, and guess what? They pay out of pocket for classroom materials. Did you know that? Teachers pay out of pocket for classroom stuff they need.
My mom teaches in an inner city school and the kids are very poor and can afford little. In fact, classroom attendance is always highest in the winter because the school is heated, and their homes often aren’t. And so my mom and aunts also pay out of pocket to give these kids pens, pencils, and notebooks. How could they teach the kids if the kids can’t even afford notebooks?
And it all comes out of teachers’ pockets.
“Modern cynics and skeptics…see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.” –John F. Kennedy
And so they’re asking for a raise. And all these politicians, who wouldn’t be where they are today without teachers, are refusing. It’s just not fair!
Everyone is educated through teachers! Teachers are the most important things in the world! When teachers aren’t treated fairly and don’t get paid fairly, it affects the classroom, it affects the children. If teachers want more money, give them more money. They deserve it.
Teachers got us all where we are today. You couldn’t read this if it wasn’t for a teacher. You couldn’t drive your car if it wasn’t for a teacher. I couldn’t swing a hammer if it wasn’t for my highschool Woods class teacher (a class, by the way, that has been cut and replaced with a computer class — a family member of mine recently needed me to show him how to put air in his tires. Seems like Shop/Woods classes shouldn’t be cut, we’re putting out a bunch of kids who can’t tell the difference between a car engine and a friggun’ flashlight battery).
Teachers need more leeway. Stop making them teach to tests…every year, so many standardized tests for kids… how about just letting them teach in the best way for the kids?? And teachers are so afraid now to say “bad job” or “bad student” because of how much parents and the media have gotten involved! They’re so afraid now to be negative in any way that they aren’t able to discipline kids right, teach them right, or help them understand the real world! We’re going to have a bunch of kids who get in the real world and are incapable of surviving because they don’t get participation ribbons and pats on the back with a thumbs up every time they tie their damn shoe.
And so the teachers are asking for a raise. They’re not asking for the world, they’re asking for a raise. They need to be able to live in the communities they teach in, and they need to be able to get the stuff they need for their classrooms. My mom brought home a text book that was about 40 years old and showed it to me. This is what they were teaching the kids from.
But we can’t update books or give raises because we’ve decided it’s better to be lots of wars and throw money at these wars. And now all these kids in the city are paying for it by not having supplies, up-to-date books, or teachers that are fairly paid. So they stop caring and going to school because no politician cares about them. So the crime rates go up. It all boils down to education, people.
Congress never has to worry about this kind of stuff. They have all the pens and notebooks they need. Their pay is guaranteed, they have the best health care in the world… when police or firefighters talk about strike, things are resolved FAST. When pro athletes go on strike, things are resolved FAST.
But what about the teachers? It’s not an issue on the ballot, politicians don’t care.
But I support the children, I support the teachers. They want a fare wage. Give it to them.
“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.” –Lee Iacocca