One of the perks

There are down sides to being a teacher in a public school, the three main ones being — to borrow a line from the late Warren Zevon — lawyers, guns, and money. If legal requirements aren’t tying your hands in one direction, security policies are tying your hands in another … and don’t even get me started on funding issues.

Throw in self-serving political maneuvering by people who have never set foot in a public-school classroom for anything more than a carefully scripted photo op; standardized test scores and all the attendant pressure and paranoia surrounding them; and the endless (and moronic) scapegoating of mythical “bad teachers” who are supposedly to blame for everything that’s wrong with public education, and … well, it’s almost enough to make a girl wonder why she ever let a certain smooth-talking little smartass coax her back into the profession in the first place.

Almost.

And then the girl in question runs across a student project from last semester that reminds her of exactly why she let said smartass talk her into said profession:

 

Precocious teenagers can’t fix everything, but their off-kilter sense of humor definitely makes the down side of working in the public sector easier to stomach.

Emily

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4 Responses to One of the perks

  1. Linda says:

    There is yet hope for the future of our country. . .

  2. Bob’s bus never looked that way all the years that I knew him since 1995. It certainly appears that things are a bit more organized and specific items on display have been rearranged.

  3. The family took extensive photographs of the interior of the bus — we are talking hundreds of photos, which Cathie showed me — and made a detailed inventory of the items. Things were packed into boxes to avoid breakage while the bus was transported from Rochester to Pontiac. The photographs were then used to replace each item exactly as Bob had left it. Cathie said great care was taken to preserve everything and keep it just the way Bob had it. One small item was damaged in the move and was undergoing restoration/replacement; all else was as Bob left it.

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