I so appreciate this post. We have many teachers in our family and I watch them struggle with curriculum and regulations, testing and retesting. Teachers are worn out. They teach our kids all day then grade papers and write tests in the evenings. They’re suffering.
Attend your local school board meetings, especially if you have children in school. Meet with their teachers, ask questions, get involved and offer support. Your kids will learn that you really care about their education. Teach them to get involved.
They’re not my kids anymore, but they’ll always be mine.
True, I don’t see them day in, day out like I did the year that they were in my classroom. But there are still snatches of time during the day where we can reconnect–a quick conversation as we pass each other in the hall, first thing in the morning when my classroom has more former students than current students.
In my mind, they’re just slightly taller versions of the child I saw every day for ten months, maybe with a few more teeth and a different hairstyle. But then I’m reminded that they’ve been thrown into a whole new existence.
The testing world.
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