Such a moving commentary from a North Carolina public school teacher. Breaks my heart, but I have to say that it also makes me want to figure out what changes need to be made to start implementing them now. Teacher retention in the state of North Carolina used to be something that I would think was fairly decent, especially with programs like Teaching Fellows and Prospective Teacher Scholarship-Loans. These programs kept good teachers in North Carolina for some period of time, but now that the funding is gone for those programs, I’m sure we will see a serious drop in the number of good teachers in this state.
What makes me sad is that I can identify with this letter in so many ways. I know what it feels like to be unsupported, to be a test administrator, to physically feel the effects of my job.
There needs to be accountability. The leaders of our schools and districts need to open their eyes and see what’s going on in our classrooms. Where are the people who want to make public education a successful pathway for students?
Friends, we need to be bold and stand up for the injustices in our public education system, especially here in the state of North Carolina.