Teachers Stepping up to the Plate
I ran across this page on Facebook. I’m thrilled to see it!
It’s true. Teachers have the expertise, the training, and the desire to make our schools excellent.
This inevitably leads to some other discussions. First, how is it that big gaping hole was there for politicians to step into in the first place? Of course, education is mostly publicly funded – so politicians can use it as a stepping stone to further their political careers. They represent the people who pay the bills, which, by the way, includes tax-paying teachers.
More importantly, though, teachers did a pretty good job of creating that hole also. It is seldom I see teachers support one another, make one another stronger. We’re thrown into our classrooms, mostly isolated from other adults. We’re expected to uphold the status quo. Heaven forbid we should innovate. And when one of us DOES do something innovative, do we support them? Not often.
We have allowed ourselves to be divided and conquered by not only politicians, but also by poor leaders. Teachers – you can’t just hide in your classrooms. It’s an overwhelming job, and it’s tempting to bury yourself in the needs of your students. Very easy to do that. However, if we reach out, support one another, create common goals and support each other’s efforts to get to those goals – wow. Wouldn’t that be something? You’ll find your job is easier when you build community with one another.
I’ve seen that kind of community in just a very few schools. We need to become masters at it. We need to close up that big gaping hole that allows people to step in and tell us how to do our jobs.
Building a supportive, strong teacher community might just close up the hole the politicians are taking advantage of. Then what would they do? I don’t know, maybe…build a strong economy and get us out of wars?