My poor mother. All she wants from me is a blog update, and I fail her daily. I don't like writing if I don't have something worthwhile to say, which I usually feel like I don't. Sometimes, I feel I don't have the time to craft something. Well, that is until I get on Facebook, see a discussion I feel the need to get involved in, and end up writing something I'm actually pretty proud of (in a comment window in ten minutes).
I am proud to be a teacher. Some of the people I've worked with, some I've studied with, and some of the unbelievable women in my family have shown me what it means to be a teacher. It disinclines me to make many excuses for my profession.
A few notes: My writing was part of a conversation that spanned a day or two, so I've preserved it as such, removing names. Also, I have edited out a few choice phrases and rephrased a couple things in my own writing for clarity. No changes to content. Please remember this is Facebook, where conventions of writing are applied creatively.
My friend R: YES - Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers
[Note: I have yet to actually read the article; all my comments were in direct response to others.]
R's friend D: "Many more teachers are overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. Maybe they'd get more respect if the truly bad teachers were let go."
Girl, I hate this article.
R: haha, must have missed that part when i was reading it between classes this morning. but i've seen firsthand too many schools where AWFUL teachers will never be fired... something needs to change.
Me: AGREE!! If teaching is supposed to be a profession, then the bad professionals don't get to keep their jobs.
D: Here's your problem -- How do you determine a "bad" teacher? Test scores? Because that's currently the way the public school system judges teacher performance, and it's piss poor. Teachers shouldn't be punished for students who are bad testtakers. Furthermore, teachers shouldn't be encouraged to teach to fit a standarized test instead of teaching so that students can learn the material.