- Society has created a negative image of the teaching profession.
- Teachers and students are set up for failure in an unjust system.
- Teachers are made the culprit for system failure.
- Students in school districts stricken by poverty are neglected by the system.
Not long ago, teachers had to face and deal with few challenging students in classrooms. Today, the rate of classroom disturbances has spread like a cancerous virus. What used to be exceptions became the rule of the day. Professional teachers’ academic status mission has shifted from teaching to filling up all kinds of holes in the education system created by clueless policy makers. Teachers are now spending more of their instruction time dealing with disruptive students who more and more arrive in school with neurological issues. Teachers are now expected to be trained and armed and serve as human shields. Meanwhile, disruptive behavior keep the student from learning and keeps those around the disruptive students from learning.
What has changed in our society?
Professional consensus state that broken family units have created a life without rules and limits and reduced stable family units, whose parents must each work at least two jobs the whole week, and do not have the time and the disposition to adequately assist and educate their children. As a result, students arrive to school socially ill-prepared and fail to recognize what is appropriate collective behavior. To aggravate the situation, class sizes have become substantially bigger making students less attentive and more combative.
The family responsibility to teach their children to be civil and kind citizens has passed into the hands of teachers who are expected to close that family gap and still teach academics. Teachers used to be regarded as professionals in the field with many years of education under their belt and being a teacher was regarded as the most honorable profession. Nowadays, a teacher is held as the culprit of a debilitating-education system. A teacher is expected to close both the gap created by broken family units and the academic gap.
Educators are still human beings with families of their own; educators are mentally and physically worn out. Their expertise value and purpose must be reevaluated.Tthe educator’s mission used to be to academically develop student minds to full potential so they can compete in the marketplace. However, a debilitating society shifted that reality. Students with substantial socio-emotional issues stop them from adequately progressing academically. Schools continue to disservice students because they expect educators to close all kinds of gaps, when in fact, those gaps ought to be addressed by specialists in the field.
It is imperative that policymakers acknowledge that students now arrive to school with a wide range of socio-emotional issues created by an unequal and unjust society. Forcing down their throats a curriculum of math and language without professionally addressing their issues is inhumane. Why do we still cling to practices and to a curriculum that is outdated and thin? Why do we still want to approach and address the new generation with the old and ineffective toolbox, as they bring completely different and brand-new problems with them to school?
Educators need to teach and expand student strengths to motivate them. Students should feel loved and that will take place when all their needs are addressed both by professionals in the socio-emotional area and by educators preparing them academically. Let us refrain from using our educators as the culprits of a debilitating academic performance. Let us fund education adequately and justly to maximize a prosperous future to all of us. Taking care of our children and their educators will ensure civil and humane leaders soon.