Public School Teacher
The Soon-To-Be Public School Teacher
In 21st Century USA!!
While being interviewed by the school administration,
the eager teaching prospect said:
"Let me see if I have this right: You want me to go
into that room with all those kids and fill their every
waking moment with love for learning.
And I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their
ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe
them for signs of abuse and even censor their t-shirt
messages and dress habits.
You want me to wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted
diseases, check their back packs for weapons of mass
destruction, and raise their self esteem.
You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship,
sportsmanship, play fair, how to register to vote,
how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.
I am to check their heads for lice,
maintain a safe environment,
recognize signs of anti-social behavior,
write letters of recommendation for students employment
and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural
diversity of others, and, oh, make sure that I give the
girls in my class fifty percent of my attention.
My contract requires me to work on my own time after
school, evenings and weekends grading papers.
Also, I must spend my summer vacation at my own
expense working toward advance certification and
a Master's degree. Then on my own time you want
me to attend committee and faculty meetings,PTA
meetings, and participate
in staff-development training.
I am to be a paragon of virtue, larger than life,and
such that my very presence will awe my students into
being obedient and respectful of authority.
And I am to pledge allegiance to family values and to
this current school administration. You want me to
incorporate technology into the learning experience,
monitor web sites, and relate personally with each student.
That includes deciding who might be potentially
dangerous and/or who might commit a crime in school.
I am to make sure all students pass the mandatory
State exams, even those who don't come to school regularly
or complete any of their assignments.
Plus, I am to make sure that all the students with
handicaps get an equal education regardless of the
extent of their mental or physical handicap.
I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter,
telephone, email, newsletter and report card.
All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk,
a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile
AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for
You want me to do all this and yet you expect me
"NOT TO PRAY?"
Author Unknown To Me
Folks, school will be in session again soon and
we need to be praying constantly for the teachers
who are teaching our children. They do an awfully
lot for the amount of pay that they receive.
Let's all make it a plan to pray for teachers everywhere, daily.
We need God back in our schools, please pray for that also!