It's bad enough that the politicians in this country have basically claimed open hunting season on my profession. The incessant opinion that we are overpaid, should be stripped of our bargaining rights and don't deserve decent medical coverage and pension is sickening enough. We don't need any more bad publicity, and when educators demonstrate poor judgement and behaviors in the classroom.....well you aide those very politicians with even more ammunition.
I know not every teacher is a good teacher.........just like every doctor isn't a good doctor. But the majority of us work tirelessly to create a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn. I know I personally put in a long day that not only includes teaching 5 different subjects, but also includes endless paperwork, individualizing lesson plans, emailing and calling parents, not to mention after school meetings several times a week. Of course I can't fit all that work into one school day so I easily log an additional twenty plus hours a week of work at home. I do it because it is what it takes to be a good teacher......to give my students the best chance to succeed academically.
When I hear about teachers, like the ones who were recently the focus of this youtube video
it makes me sick to my stomach. Here is a well educated special educator who not only carries on inappropriate conversations in front of her students, but actually bullies her special needs student. What probably sickens me the most is that she encouraging her classroom aides to join in with her. This is a prime example of a teacher who should not be teaching. But guess what......she is and she probably will be teaching again next fall. She'll continue to come to school with an admitted hangover from staying out to late the night before, running late because she had a case of the dry heaves, and will be completely unprepared to teach her students that day's lessons.
And Me.......I'll be the one knowing I've done my best to prepare myself and my students for the school day....knowing I'll never be like her.