Until you have spent a day in the shoes of a Richmond County teacher, you have no idea what his or her work day is like, and no right to chide. Furloughs have caused significant cuts in salaries, while class sizes have increased; teachers’ assistants have all but disappeared; parent involvement is at an all-time low; and behavioral incidents are at an all-time high.
Imagine having to face 25-35 children first thing in the morning and being responsible for them eight hours a day, 180 days a year! Those of you who get to slip away for breakfast and lunch during work hours and enjoy bathroom breaks as needed have no idea how lucky you are. And imagine if you were held accountable for the learning curve of all those you supervise, with no power of selection or dismissal.
You accuse teachers of “bemoaning their fates in public,” but most teachers I know are too busy rising to their challenges to bemoan anything. I see commitment and resourcefulness worthy of deep respect.