It has always been every parent’s dream (at least as long as I can remember) that when you sent your children to school, the values that you have taught them would be not only upheld by their teacher, but strengthened and nurtured as well.
Well, what is a teacher?
In my opinion, a teacher is someone who is willing to work with a child on an INDIVIDUAL basis, knowing their weaknesses and capitalizing on their strengths. Teachers have always been caring and compassionate, not only with the student but with the parents as well. Between parents and teachers, there was a team effort to ensure that the student had the best tools available in order to lead a productive life.
Critical thinking was not only taught, but was encouraged at every level of education. Some teachers were so good at their craft that after many years, they still remain the student’s favorite. I’m sure we all had a favorite teacher in school. I know that I have mine; and without her guidance, I most likely would not have had the ability to write this article.
Unfortunately, things have changed since my days in school. Teachers are now called ‘educators.’
Well, let’s see here.
A teacher will let you learn and think for yourself, while an educator will tell you what to think. A teacher will challenge you to prove that they could be wrong, while an educator will tell you to sit down and shut up. A teacher will make up a test to see how well the students are grasping a particular lesson plan, while an educator will teach to a state-mandated or federally-mandated test that may have been created by a corporation as a means of indoctrination in a specific political belief–and as a means of lowering education standards.
Teachers, while surviving on set salaries, have always used some of their own funds in order to purchase what was needed for the classroom–while the educators who are earning six and seven digit paychecks continue to sit in their ivory towers and make policies that remove the teacher’s ability to teach effectively (some of whom have never seen the inside of a classroom.)
My heart goes out to the teachers who have put so much hard work and effort into receiving a teaching degree, only to have it end up not worth the paper that it’s printed on as mandated by the state or federal government. In an effort to protect our teachers and our children, Common Core MUST be abolished once and for all.
As always, stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.
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