Reblogged from GFBRANDENBURG’S BLOG
Why I quit my job at Weymouth High.
by David Xirau
I submitted the following letter to my Superintendent and Principal, explaining why I had to make the painful decision to leave. It is a little lengthy, but it tells what I believe to be a very common cancer growing within our public education system. I want to create more awareness to this problem with the hope of making a difference. Feel free to comment and share.
To whom it may concern:
Why am I leaving? Long story short, our current school system and certain administrative practices are not letting me do my job. I cannot work in an environment where only half of my time can be devoted to the art of teaching. I retired from the military to become an educator, and I am compelled to go where I can do this more effectively. Authentic teaching is done free of the restrictive standards, unattainable objectives, and insanely burdensome administrative minutiae that are imposed upon us every day. I became a teacher to serve the kids and the community, not the greedy, idealistic inexperienced administrators, corporate interests, and politicians who are destroying our beloved profession. I find myself each day spinning wheels trying to stay ahead of their game, crunching numbers, while our students’ true education suffers.
Year after year, “they” keep piling more and more tasks onto our plates with no extra compensation and no extra time to execute the tasks properly while none of our old responsibilities are taken away. Shouldn’t this FACT raise a red flag somewhere? Apologies do not solve the problem. Silence won’t make it go away. A real teacher knows that on any given day, every minute counts. Read more>>