I am reblogging this from Diane Ravitch.
This is how bad our schools have become. They are children-unfriendly and teacher-unfriendly.
“I left not because I was in an under represented community and not because many children had challenging issues but rather because the lack of support and understanding about what it means to be a teacher was draining the life out of me.” ~ a NYC pre-K teacher who chooses to remain unnamed.
This is a letter that I received:
I have been following you for the last 10 years and am in awe of your continued efforts to turn public education in the right direction.
I read your article this morning about a teacher who had had enough.
It could have been my story.
I am a retired NYC Department of Education pre-k teacher in an under represented community. I taught pre-k for 16 consecutive years in the same school. I was fortunate that I was able to introduce many innovative programs to support my students not just in academics but the more important social/emotional piece that schools often neglect.
I brought to my classroom American Sign Language, Yoga, Mindfulness, Cooking and Baking, Caterpillars into Butterflies and as much art and music as I could fit in a day.
My students thrived. Sadly, each year it became more and more difficult to…
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