ssboater 9 years, 1 month ago on Brent Boyer: Putting our opinion out there

As a high school teacher, I resent the previous statement made by id04sp. Contrary to popular opinion, teaching is not the cushy civil service job you speak of. I arrive in my classroom by 6:45 each day and leave between 5:00 and 6:00. I take 15 minutes for lunch, most often with students by my side needing some sort of guidance. I have students who are being abused, neglected, and/or left to be educated by the schools alone by their well-educated, business world parents. It is my job to help produce civilly minded, critically thinking, kind citizens that will one day make decisions for the rest of us. The responsibility is large and in no sense, "cushy." This is a far cry from my experience making six figures in the "business-world" after I recieved a second B.A. and a master's degree. I am not sure who you want teaching the future of our global community, but I would hope that you don't simply want us to teach students how to work in a specific career when the types of jobs and amount of information coming at our students is changing at an unimaginable pace. Further, I find it difficult to understand how you believe it to be important to provide a bully-free environment when you just told an entire profession to shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up. I hope this isn't the model you would use if you found yourself in this "cushy" job.

I invite you to enter any school across this nation for a week and take on the responsibilites of a teacher, let alone an administrator. I am certain that your tune will change. I enjoy being a teacher because it is my hope that I can encourage my students to become productive members of society who envoke change rather than stand by and complain.