“One of the most frustrating experiences as a teacher with extensive and ongoing education and development was being in schools with administrators who balked at the idea of teachers creating curriculum and learning projects as individual classroom initiative or in tandem with other teachers. Why bother to encourage me or demand that I continue to add to my education (at my expense) if you don't give me the space and support to implement what I and or my colleagues learn?
Secondly I agree that most people who have BIG opinions about class size and esp including corporate moguls with huge incomes have never spent an entire day teaching in a classroom let alone a week, a month, a year, or a decade. It is a science, an art, a journey through the development of a child's life, and the growth and exploration of a group of children's lives in a class. It is also an continuous opportunity for teachers to develop as facilitators of learning using the most effective tools and resources and ideas available and that work effectively with individual children, small groups of children, whole classes. Parents are also an integral part of the life of a child as a student. The whole community educates a child. Society impacts that education economically, psychologically, and politically. And impedes the life of children. Children are potential. To be cultivated, nurtured, raised up, and respected.”
“It is clear that private agencies once they enter the field of education have access to millions and millions of dollars for grants to develop schools that are available from the Federal Government as well as private foundations. Education when you consider it a business is lucrative. Lobbyists will make sure their buddies get the biggest piece of that pie!”
“One aspect of the pension reforms that took place last year included lowering support of my health care costs (which now measures over $1100 per month for a single retired person). My health insurance also raised their rates. The combination of these two events caused my actual pension to shrink in $ize. All my other expenses have increased such as mortgage, real estate taxes, gasoline, groceries, and other items such as credit card interest rates, similar to other citizens. I served the children of Illinois for more than thirty-five years of my life and I loved being a teacher. I have earned my pension. I continue to serve education by supporting student teachers. What will their future be? Will they be able to stay in a profession in which they hope to design a career and to offer their gifts to the children of Illinois? Will they be forced to leave to find a better paying job?
Note: Charter schools in Chicago have begun to organize their own unions. That is a statement regarding the need to safeguard the rights and responsibilities of teachers.”
“I agree that part of the design is to hire younger, less costly teachers to replace those with more seniority, more education, more experience, and higher salaries. (They did not have those same salaries when they started.) I think when I started with a college degree I made less than $10,000. Also younger teachers may be easier to "manage", control or threaten if that is a management technique used.
I am grateful to all the teachers who impacted my life in a meaningful way!!”