I have been a part of way too many meetings recently when there haven’t been any current teachers present, yet teaching decisions were being made. True, one of the reasons why I wanted to move into my current position was because I wanted to be able to make decisions in our district regarding learning spaces and tools. But, I believed that everyone shared my level of respect for teachers. However, this is definitely not the case.
I cannot stand to hear long stretches of monologue about the ineptitude of teachers. I cannot handle it when teachers are reduced to knowing nothing. I cannot wait to leave places when others are complaining about the rogue teachers who are pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable in the district.
I love teaching and teachers, and the majority of other teachers that I have encountered feel the same. It is only when I get outside of a school itself that this view changes. But, why?
Why is it that the perspective changes so drastically when kids are removed from the situation, making someone believe that they know better than someone that is with the kids? This kind of viewpoint makes me believe more strongly every day that all stakeholders in a district should teach at least one class at all times.
That bears repeating:
All district employees should teach at least one class to students at all times.
Can I get an amen?