Monday, December 23, 2013
Mr. Unger: So why do I do it? It's personal....submitted by a member
I would like to address Mr. Unger's comment about the cowardliness of bloggers signing anonymously. The statement alone demonstrates how out of touch he and the ST are with regards to the culture and relationships between the mayor, SC, administrators and teachers within our system.
When I first read the comment I thought he may have been joking to some extent, but then quickly realize he was serious.
Everyday teachers and administrators enter buildings where a fatal fate could await or evolve. We shield students from other students, and attackers should they exist. We are consistently defending our character from students who attempt to shred every piece of respect and empathy we have spent a lifetime to establish.
My classroom has such a dysfunctional mix of students that anything could happen at any time. Has it stopped me from giving my best everyday? No. Does my family worry about my health and welfare? Yes, Everyday.
So why do I do it? It's personal. Few people will understand the depth of commitment I have to these children, so I keep it to myself.
How much longer will I do it? Not much. A person can only give so much without ultimately being called a fool by those who once respected him.
People with affluence donate money to help people and children. People without money donate time, and for those of us that get paid for helping others, we are fortunate.
But there come a point where things that once made sense, now, makes no sense at all. And that is where we are in this education debacle, here in our city.
Professionals are no longer treating professionals like professionals. Empathy is non-existent.
There are so many ways we as caretakers of our city can make strides, but this path we are on is not.
Posted by NBEA