As an educator I have seen a LOT, and in my case not too much of it good unfortunately. I feel for these children that are coming up. We are raising a generation of weak willed, faster-than-the microwave generation. They (not all) want it now, without the wait or the struggle; and it seems like the administrator’s, policy-makers, parents, and EVERYONE else who has YET to step foot into a class room and TEACH or TEACH again is hell bent on giving them what they want. NO accountability. NO responsibility, NO idea how to even SPELL those two words. But have the AUDACITY to tell me what I can and cannot do as an educator. WTH?! I am sure that with the budget cuts, limited funds, money from my family’s mouth to spend on someone else, I should just SIT back and bask in paradise. Le’Sigh. What are we showing the children world. Who will take care of us when we eventually get old (if we make it). What will happen to them when they enter the wolf-laden workforce. Where all the sheep have fangs. Who’s going to separate the special education population from the general education fry maker? Seeing as how I teach elementary special education AND college courses, I have encountered the same student in each level. Grown college degree seeking individuals who cannot write, nor seem to follow basic instructions. Students with NO, I REPEAT, NO critical thinking skills. Where have we gone wrong? I am shocked and appalled at the FACT that the powers that be THINK we are in a better situation than we were just 10 years ago. Ask any college level professor that has been teaching for at least that amount of time and has witnessed the comings and goings of what we produce her in the Lovely U.S of A. and I am sure they will spit explicative s in your face. The FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM generation has taken over with NO life skills, NO business skills, but EVERYBODY wants to be rich and famous. Well Let’s just say good for them there is more than one way to land your 15 minutes o’fame…….Yes. I am shaking my head.
The last couple of weeks at work have been maddening to say the least. Administrator’s sorely unaware ( or blissfully, willfully unaware) of what is REALLY going on in their building. No support for their teachers, scared of the students and parents, not willing to discipline students that CLEARLY need it. I.AM.TIRED! Parents are creating lazy little tyrants, searching for the next instant gratification. Did I mention I.AM.TIRED! After only 6 years teaching I want to get out. The summers, holidays and random days off have lost their luster. My ability to maintain composure when a student is being willfully, wildly, mercilessly disobedient is waning. This comes from a special education teacher that taught a behavior unit and LOVED it. We are doing these children a disservice, but not teaching them true discipline, not equipping them with the tools they need to succeed in this life that WILL eat them alive as soon as it can. What are we raising? Where did we go wrong. CAN we get it back on track. HOW? I know that with all the feelings I have floating around in my I am doing less than my fair share of teaching them. I want so much for them, more than I have to give, and I cannot want more for them than they want for themselves. I know that it is time to get out, and I have been trying. I am no longer effective and I cannot keep affecting the students like I am. This leads me back to square one. Purpose. Find it. Live it. Walk in it. I am TRYING!.