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Posted by whereisjustice | Wed May 18, 2016, 09:32 AM (0 replies)

7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore

Make no mistake ... what's happened to the education system is a crime against humanity. MBA and Graduate School efficiency experts decided that classrooms needed to be run more like corporations... with all the micromanagement, controls, interlocks, burdensome processes and so on. Brought to us by the 1%.

This is the result... a commodity culture of teacher as fast food worker where everyone is sure teaching is just a minimum wage drone job of spewing pre-digested pieces of information carefully vetted by Texas School Board and packaged in nice neat gel caps.

Of course it's not just teaching, it's other formerly professional occupations like nursing, engineering, legal, accounting.

The MBA is probably the most destructive credential developed in modern civilization. The MBA is just a know nothing middleman groomed with inflated ego, trained to not think twice about saving a dime in the short run even if it costs a dollar in the long run. Of course they don't know (nor care) about the social costs of their wealth grabbing, they are strictly data driven, saving pennies no matter how much it costs. And hell, it costs a fortune to pay MBA administrator salaries so that comes out of teacher salaries.

Most of the complaints here can be applied to those other white collar professions I've mentioned. We are becoming a society that looks down their nose at anyone who isn't in the 1%. Wealth and power are all we value.

I donít want to teach anymore.

In the twelve years I was a high school English teacher, I watched people leave the profession in droves. The climate is different. The culture is different. The system is breaking, and educators are scattering to avoid the inevitable crushing debris when it all comes crumbling down.

I wonít go into detail about the budget cuts or the massive class sizes or the average salary, as thatís all been discussed ad nauseam. Iím not going to talk about the bone-deep exhaustion that comes from being onstage all day, or the drowning sensation that follows you home on nights and weekends when you have hundreds of papers to grade.

These are the other things ó the stuff you might only understand if you have a key to the teachersí lounge.

1. You are an ďauthority figureĒ with no real authority.

2. Your day does not resemble that of a typical white-collar professional.

3. Everyone thinks they know how to do your job. EVERYONE.

4. You wanted to foster imagination, not slaughter it.

5. The technology obsession is making you CRAZY.

6. All the entitlement and the trophies and the apathy and whatever.

7. There is no reliable way to assess who is ACTUALLY good at this.

Posted by whereisjustice | Mon May 9, 2016, 07:04 PM (19 replies)
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