His wife had spent seven years in the North Carolina public school system. Like most teachers, she began her career full of exuberance for her job. She couldn't wait to delve into her work, and ignite truth within the minds of the students who would be placed under her care. However, her dreams for what being a teacher would be like would soon be overturned.
He states, "As each passing year of new policies and tests fails to deliver the results they desire, rather than reform their thinking, these officials create new policies and new tests and pile them on top of the old ones. They, with the raising of a hand and a stroke of a signature, applaud themselves for their feigned ingenuity without thought or regard for those who will have to bear the burden of it." In short, the education officials in the state of North Carolina weren't trying to fix a system that was already broken. Instead, they were trying to cover it up, congratulating themselves for making change, without caring whether or not the change would be a lasting one.
Being a teacher is hard, especially in the public school system. The Common Core was put into place with the assumption that all children are created equal, which is simply not the case. Teachers are overburdened with mountains of papers to correct, multiple reports to hand in, and report cards that must be finished by a certain date. As if that wasn't enough, this husband cites several instances where his wife was pulled from her own classwork to cover a gym class when the teacher called in sick. He also explains with disappointment how year after year, his wife was not given a pay increase after she had been promised one. Instead, she was given more work to do, causing her to forgo any type of social life during the school year.
If you have a child in public school, you understand how broken the system is. Not only is the work difficult for kids (and parents) to understand, it's causing teachers to want to walk off the job in favor of a 9-5 position with a company that won't place such high demands on them without compensation. I feel for this teacher, and I applaud her for embracing her sanity and doing what she needed to do in order to remain whole for her own family.
At Foundations Christian School in Horseheads, NY, we have some of the best teachers in the area. These are people who wholly invest in our children, each and every day. They spend time with them, one on one, giving them the attention they need. They lean on each other when times get tough, and the students are growing, maturing and thriving in their education. We know how important it is to invest in our teachers so that their cups are running over. In turn, they pour into our kids. It makes a difference.