Please take time and thank and educator today : ) : )
After being interviewed by the school administration,
the newly graduated teaching prospect,
looking at her notes, said,
“Let me see if I’ve got this right:
You want me to go into the classroom with all those kids,
correct their disruptive behavior,
observe each of them for signs of abuse,
monitor their dress habits,
censor their T-Shirt messages,
and instill in them a love for learning, with my creativity,
within the structured curriculum, while addressing government benchmark standards.
You want me to check their backpacks for weapons,
wage war on drugs and STD’s, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.
You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship,
sportsmanship and fair play, what it means to vote, how to vote,
balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.
You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of anti-social behavior,
and make sure that they pass all the district and state exams.
You want me to provide them with an equal education,
regardless of their disabilities, home support or how many districts they have attended.
You want me to communicate with their guardians,
parents, step-parents, and grandparents by email, phone, personal web pages, conferences and report cards.
You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk,
a blackboard, a few books, a handful of supplies,
a big smile and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
You want me to do all of this and then you tell me….
I CAN’T PRAY?