A Valentine’s Day Love Story

These days, it’s impossible to inculcate oneself from the seeming constant barrage of criticism against American public education and the teachers who serve it. Everyone knows how to teach except teachers – or so that’s what those who deride us would have you believe. We are up against seemingly immovable mountains like politicians and businesspeople – all of whom legitimately have a stake in our nation’s schools, but few with the professional experience in the field that would qualify them to speak so vociferously against it.

But I was asked to write what I love about education, and in a nutshell, it’s this: Despite the fact that such uncertainty surrounds me and my profession, I am still able to walk into my classroom each day and know I am doing something positive for my students.

They have no concept of the public dialogue surrounding their education. But they do know that their classroom is a safe place. They have no concept of the fact that people outside the room, many miles away, exist, much less that they are placing what they call “high expectations” on them without regard for the fact that they are unrealistic expectations. But they do know me, and that my expectations are high, realistic and differentiated for them.

Do I love the fact that people who never spent a day in a classroom once they left as students are now the ones calling all the major policy shots? I sure don’t. In fact, it’s damn near demoralizing to think about.

But when the anger, sadness, and frustration set in, I know I can just close the door to my classroom (both literally and figuratively), slap a smile on my face, and continue to do what I love, which is enrich the lives of children.

I was inspired to write this post at the request of Save Our Schools March, which you can read about on their web site, as part of their effort to get the word out about what we love about education.


2 responses to “A Valentine’s Day Love Story

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  2. Gail Edwards-Bryan

    I want to thank you for your posting regarding the “I love Public Education” campaign. The more awareness we can bring to the situation, the better off we will all be!

    I e-mailed you previously about Save Our Schools and National Call to Action. And you answered the call! You have been blogging about the recent attacks on teachers and public schools. Our national grassroots movement is asking the “real” ed reform bloggers to join with us so that we can all speak with ONE VOICE all across the country during the month of March. You are one of them! And I am so grateful.

    Our theme for March is “Waking the Sleeping Giant”, which was inspired by the events in Wisconsin and other places around the country. The public is finally beginning to wake up to what’s been happening for the last few years – we’re seeing evidence of this not only in Wisconsin but in places such as Seattle and Rochester.

    We are asking you to keep your readers informed by continuing to mention our July 30 march in D.C. and by providing a link to our website http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org in one or more of your posts during the month of March.

    If you would like to write a guest post for our website, send your post or your comments to saveourschoolsmarch@gmail.com. Or if you would like to endorse our march, let us know and we will list your blog and url on our website.

    Posts can also be tweeted with the hashtag #WakingGiant. We offer the March and events of July 28 to 31st in Washington, D.C. as the focal point for this movement, and we ask participants to link to this event, so that we can build momentum for our efforts. We offer your choice of the attached graphics to go along with our theme “Waking the Sleeping Giant.” We encourage you to use one or more of the graphics to indicate that our organization is sponsoring the march.

    Thank you for your help,
    Gail Edwards-Bryan
    Parent in Fremont CA
    Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action

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