Reward for Those Who Work…Hard

After my month or so hiatus from WordPress due to college demands and life itself, I have come to a resolution for my life that I feel the need to share. I would love to hear some thoughts/suggestions/questions/comments. Here it goes…

I originally began college with the bright eyed idea that I will become a teacher, not just any teacher but an English teacher for middle and high school kiddos. All I carried in my head was the joyous idea of what teaching is and would be for me based on the environment I went to school in (small, personal, tight-knit). Boy, was I happy when I was accepted to the College of Education, I was more than ready to get going on education classes and start making some lesson plans! The semester began as usual with the dragged out explanation of the syllabus, but what marked my transition into teaching was my student observation assignment. My mentor teacher was kind, at first, but gradually my weekly visits turned into an apparent burden for her. Needless to say, I was helped little and cut down a lot with “brutally honest” and judgmental comments such as “you’ll ruin my perfect state testing score” or “I don’t think this is for you.” Now, this wasn’t enough to make me quit on my dreams altogether. No way was I going to let that ruin everything. What did it was the salary teachers are paid and little recognition. Simple as that. After doing some research on schools in the area, I was checking out the salary charts for the current school year. They extended up to about 20 years of experience and it was…saddening.

Now, I don’t want it to seem as if I’m only looking at teaching for the cash, cause everyone knows good and well teachers don’t get paid much. My issue was the tiny increments of money you get the longer you stay. What I’m trying to say is, what is the reward for teaching? Yeah, you might feel great and accomplished when you get those few students who are actually learning, but what else? What do you get for your hard work? You can work your fingers to the bone and what do you get? This is the mindset I have formed due to the fact that I want to be rewarded, I want mobility paired with higher pay. All this said, I’m no longer pursuing teaching as a career. I’ve decided to stick my feet in the waters of copy-writing, public relations, anything where my skills can be readily used, acknowledged, and rewarded.

You know, there can be a solution for this to where the education world doesn’t lose potentially great teachers like me. Raise the pay, create a better reward system for those who put in the effort, and get rid of such demanding state testing! It’s so disappointing to get all this way and be told, “Oh, by the way, everything you teach HAS to conform to state standards and you gotta teach how to take a test.” WHAT A BORE! WHAT A WASTE OF CREATIVITY! WHAT A WASTE OF ACTUAL LEARNING! Twelve whole years of education and what do kids come out with? NOTHING. Except maybe their ABC’s and 123’s and putting their names on papers, if that. Oh, and they have great training on how to take a test.

I know that this may not fly well with those who are teachers and love it and find every bit of it rewarding, no matter how small. I’m only wanting to express a new mindset, a different way of looking at it, that has hit me like a brick these past few weeks. Sad to say, but a potential educator has gone out the window.

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