Public School Teacher Quits; Says Job Is Now “Impossible”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/14/teacher-ive-loved-my-very-difficult-job-but-now-ohio-has-made-it-impossible/

Has anyone else noticed the number of stories like these that have become news recently? It is no longer a secret that great teachers are leaving the profession due to the increase in non-teaching responsibilities that fill up their schedules so full that getting through the day is impossible. The state of public schools is deteriorating rapidly, and has been for some time. You might be lucky enough to get a great teacher now and again if you decide to ship your children off to public school, but great teachers are disappearing fast. Further, although public school seems like a great option for “free” education, it comes at a high cost to your child’s overall well-being.

The decision-makers regarding school and educational policies say and maybe even also think they are doing right by children. But more often than not, new programs that become implemented under the guise of improving education, are actually making teachers’ jobs impossible, and as a result, quickly turning great educators away, teachers who love their jobs even when they were difficult. This leaves public-schooled children with increasing numbers of inexperienced teachers at best, and at worst, disgruntled teachers who stick around but grudgingly get themselves through the day in order to continue to accept their monthly paychecks. Teachers don’t make a great salary, it’s true, but those who leave public school positions are making a tough decision and making a huge financial sacrifice if they decide to continue in the education profession. Most other non-public school positions come with lower salaries and often no benefits.

This in itself says a lot about the teaching profession and the state of public school education. It’s time to make great changes in the education world for the sake of our children.

What Your Child Needs To Hear From You

42 Things We Need To Tell Our Kids

Regardless of the curriculum (or absence of curriculum) that you choose for your child, keep these simple concepts in mind. More than any academic goals you may envision, these developmental needs are the foundation for complete development. Your child needs not only to hear these words from you, but to experience the reality of those words.

Instead of Saying “No”

Setting Limits Montessori Style

We’ve all heard it in recent years – “refrain from saying “no” to your child”. It seems impossible, but still, a goal worthy of achieving. Sure, children need to learn to accept “no” as an answer sometimes. But shouldn’t they be entitled to a reason, just as we, as adults would expect? Children under the age of 3 years are still developing their sense of reasoning, but at the same time should not be subjected to the authoritarian “because I said so” reasoning strategy. Since the foundation or reasoning skills is being developed, they are as much entitled to a reason as we adults would expect for ourselves. Here are some strategies for “re-framing” your “NO” reaction.