Every year, teachers tell me they receive new "mandates" from the top. They're asked to include new methods for teaching math, new standards for reading levels, new disciplinary measures and new procedures for advisement or study hall. Well, I've got a new one for you teachers.
We should be concerned about the demise of recess, the extent of serious health issues of young children and the failure of schools to produce well-balanced children who are able to read, write, compute, communicate and also play and interact successfully.
Following the economic downturn that began in 2007, USA Today wrote that school districts nationwide were flooded with applications from people who wanted to work as substitute teachers.