I get letters from professionals as well as loyal fans and readers.
This letter I received touched me so deeply.
I have a secondary education credential … and my wife Shelly taught at-risk high school kids for over 15 years. I served on my school district’s bond oversight committee.
I love teachers. They are the driving force that shapes our kids’—and our nation’s—future.
- They educate our youth
- They train them to be productive and effective members of society
- They teach future generations about the fundamental values of our country.
Today, though, teachers are under attack:
- Disrespected, by bad parents and administration
- Bullied by teachers unions and even their own students!
Check out this letter that I received from one teacher:
Dear Mr. Huey:
I am not really looking for a position right now because I am teaching second grade in a public school. I would just like my voice to be heard regarding discipline, Breakfast in the Classroom, etc. Neither LAUSD nor California believe in suspending blacks, Latinos, nor special education students. These groups probably making up 98% of my school. They said “Do not suspend”, but gave me no alternatives, so we are suffering.
Last year, I spent the majority of my time trying to teach and take care of problems in my fifth grade classroom. I even flew to Sacramento to talk to my representative. Nothing happened because my rep was a Republican in a Democratic state.
I know President Trump favors charter schools. I favor wherever a parent chooses to place their student. I feel that public schools will be around because there are not enough charters and some are poorly run. Also high performing districts have no need for charter schools. At one point, I was going to switch to a charter, but I didn’t because my Mom was ill. I am glad that I stayed at my present school because the charter eventually closed.
There is so much more to be said, and I have faith that someone will listen and be able to do something about it.
Isn’t this tragic?
Teachers who can’t teach because of unruly students.
Cowardly or left-wing administrators who won’t hold bad students accountable?
But these are the challenges which teachers face.
What’s the solution?
Let me know what you think. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.