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I'm so tired of the attack on teachers. Agreed, the political machine is out of control. Ask them to do our job at our pay for 1 school year. If they still think it's all good, I'll listen and engage in a conversation of the state of education. Otherwise, they need to get off their high horse and get real.
Here's my simple but I think effective thought. If you work in a factory making a pencil and you receive faulty wood, broken lead, torn erasers, and miscolored paint but were expected to produce a quality pencil, what would you do? Easy, go to the people who sent you the faulty parts and tell them to send you the right product so you can make a quality pencil. Why then are we blaming teachers when the product they receive is broken, torn, or any other way that's not prepared to be a quality learner? Shouldn't we be blaming the place where the faulty parts come from? Why aren't we looking at parents? That's how we will clean up our low scores and lack of student learning. Please send me a child who respects adults, does their work, and works at their best. If you can't do that, stop blaming me when they fail.
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