Monday, May 11, 2009

Teacher bashing is becoming the norm

We just finished teacher appreciation week here in Maryland. Kids and parents sent us gifts, the PTSA fed us breakfast and lunches and even dessert. We are done with the week, the one week where teachers are treated with respect and dignity that we deserve and we are back to getting bashed. This is evident here where an observer does the typical...observes for a day and makes assumptions about kids and ALL teachers.

However, I was heartened by an article that bashed teacher bashers.

Can we stop blaming the adult who sees kids (in middle school) for 5.5 a week? Can we stop blaming the media when it is the adults who allow kids to sit in front of video games or TV. Can we stop blaming ex-wives or ex-husbands for our child's ills? Can we stop medicating every active child we are unwilling to discipline?

Here is an idea, you do your job, and I'll do mine. When we focus on the child, and we work for the child and we help the child, then maybe, just maybe, we will not need to blame anything on anybody.

Just a thought.

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