Let me see if I’ve got this right...You want me to go into a room with all those kids and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning? Plus, I’m supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and politically incorrect T-shirt messages?
I am to fight the war on drugs and sexually transmitted dis-eases, check their backpacks for guns and raise their self-esteem. I’m to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, how and where to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook and how to apply for a job.
I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholar-ships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and make sure that I give every student 100 percent of my attention.
I’m required by my contract to be working on my own time summer and evenings at my own expense toward advance certification and a master’s degree; and after school, I am to attend committee and faculty meetings and participate in staff development training to maintain my employment status.
I am to be a paragon of virtue larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority. I am to incorporate technology into the learning, and monitor all Web sites while providing a personal relationship with each student. I am to decide who might be potentially dangerous or may commit crimes in school or who is possibly being abused.
I am to make sure all students pass the state and federally mandated testing and all classes, whether or not they attend school on a regular basis or complete any of the work assigned. Plus, I need to make sure that all of the students with handicaps are guaranteed a free and equal education. I am to communicate frequently with each student’s parent by letter, phone, newsletter and grade card. Even if they do not respond, or attend Parent Teacher Conferences.
I’m to do all of this with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, and a bulletin board?
..You want me to do all of this and expect me not to pray?