I find that many teachers do not carefully consider how much they are spending on their classroom and students. I would not think twice about spending money on projects. Many times, the administrators and other observers would give great praise to teachers that had elaborate displays set up in their classrooms. Yes, money can be found through programs like donorschoose.org ( I was very grateful for the set of classroom books and the writing magazine my class received from donations). However, it was still a given on any campus that I entered, that teachers were expected to pay many out of pocket costs in order to run their classrooms.
Many teacher credit unions offer loans in order to get classroom supplies. Of course they offer these loans to hair-brained teachers. They are in business to make $$ money.
In title one schools, you could not send home a “list” of items needed for the classroom. God forbid that momma might have to actually spend $20 preparing her children for an education!
As an English teacher, I would always drop a minimum of 500$ at the beginning of the year to equip the class with enough tissue and pens and pencils to keep things going! It might sound like a lot of money, but this was just the beginning. Teachers always try to “outdo” each other by giving pizza parties, ice cream parties, and the like for student success. It was a regular “thing” for teachers to take students to McDonald’s for lunch at the elementary school I worked at.
When sent to workshops, there was always a crowd of “vendors” on hand. After listening to the talk, of course you need the books to keep the program running.
TEACHING IS THE BIGGEST SCAM GOING RIGHT NOW! Run as fast as you can into an administration position or another field if you have brain cells in your head!
I'M LOSING MY FRIGGIN MIND!
I am a teacher. I mean I was a teacher. For over ten years I was “sold” on the idea that I was truly helping society. I was a do-gooder. A super hero. Let me tell you teacher—It’s a bunch of baloney.
It is a fact that school districts are recruiting the “C” students from universities. Oh, so that’s why your co-workers are idiots! Know many teachers that sit at their desks and read the newspaper? Play computer solitaire?
Yes. Human resources thinks you (teachers) are “C” students with terrible math skills . You can’t figure out you are being totally ripped off financially. Didn’t you wonder why the secretary treats you like crap when you ask for a copy? She probably earns more money than you!
Do you know it is a fact that in most school districts, a Master’s Degree (average price tag 20,000$) will earn you a whopping $500 per year. If you are an intelligent human being, you know the math just doesn’t add up.
I got out of teaching and sat on my butt for about six months, just coming down off of the stress associated with the job. Many young people and older people have dreams of having a class like “To Sir with Love”. If you haven’t seen this film, rent it now and know that what was “bad” for 1967 is nothing compared to the urban classrooms in the United States today.
I searched on the net to find an outlet for the pain I was suffering and found little information on what I call “teacher abuse” or hostile work environments on campus.
However, I firmly believe that it is a common aspect of many schools nationwide.
Please post or write here if you want to vent, have questions, or want feedback from someone who is brutally honest about the profession.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged BTSA, classroom, low teacher pay, NCLB, new teachers, public education, schools, sucks, teacher, teacher abuse, teacher pay, teaching