Just five minutes ago my 24 yr old son was telling me that he thinks it is so sad that some of his friends don't want to go into or stay in the Teach for America program, (especially the ones he thinks would be great teachers) because of the lack of respect/good pay for teachers. In his ideal world teachers, doctors, firemen, etc. would all be paid well because of their importance. Then, sadly, he told me that he is afraid that if things continue the way they are, there won't be any great teachers left for his kids. Hmm.....can you put a link to this article in your next parent newsletter?
I love my job. I love working with students with special needs. It brings me incredible joy to see progress made no matter how small and happiness in their eyes and their parents’ eyes when milestones are made. Working with my students does not cause me to burnout. I burnout when other aspects of education weigh me down. Lack of support, lack of RESPECT and too many unnecessary mandates take away the pleasure of teaching. I believe this is a societal issue that extends from our leaders to our neighbors. Educators are the first ones blamed when things go awry, and are the first ones called upon to solve the problems of the society. Mandates upon mandates upon mandates are heaped on us without the proper supports. I am not an educator because I love fulfilling mandates. I am an educator because I love making a difference in the lives of students.