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  •  My oldest niece (18+ / 0-)

    has been a teacher for 23 years (4th/5th grade, depending on which they need more) -- it's been her only career since she graduated from college. At recent family functions, she's started talking about looking forward to retirement, and she's only in her mid 40s so she's got about 20 more years ahead of her. And she's an excellent teacher; no nonsense but the type that parents ask the school if their younger children can have her after their older child has gone through the class.

    An educated populace is a necessity to deal with the problems facing us as a nation and a world. It might be up to the parents of the future to supplement their children's schooling with outside activities in order for those kids to get a full education -- and those without the time, talent or resources are going to be stuck.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu May 08, 2014 at 11:41:40 AM PDT

    •  My sister (0+ / 0-)

      has been a public school teacher for about 20 years, and before that she worked in a variety of other education settings. She is very prominent in her state's educational network -- appointed to commissions, speaks at public events, mentors new and struggling teachers, has been awarded a stipended "chair," you name it.

      By any measure you choose, she is in the upper echelon of those recognized as outstanding public educators. I always enjoy listening to her talk about her work because every story she tells reveals her mastery of her profession -- strategies, conversations, approaches that have clearly been honed to brilliance over the years. I'm a teacher too, but I'm using her as an example because I came to the teaching late and don't have the accomplishments she has.

      In a recent conversation, we were discussing how the demands and expectations placed (heaped) on teachers are changing -- every year there are more and more new initiatives and programs put on our plates, higher expectations, needier students, and fewer resources with which to meet the increased challenges. She said, "This year, for the first time in my teaching career, I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to be able to keep doing this until I reach retirement age."

      My sister is one of the best of the best. If what is happening in education is so extreme that it has driven her to question her profession, this country should be ashamed of itself.

      "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

      by NWTerriD on Sat May 10, 2014 at 11:56:55 AM PDT

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