Four things on which nearly all teachers agree

Nov 13, 2013 by

we-all-agreeBy Roxanna Elden –

As political debates about education become more public and more polarized, it can seem like educators don’t agree on much. In spite of a few divisive issues, however, teachers still share a lot of common ground. Below are four statements on which almost all teachers agree – no matter what they think of the Common Core State Standards.

1. Teachers are human. Teacher time and energy are finite resources. Kids deserve teachers who will work tirelessly to help them reach their full potential. They also deserve a mentally healthy teacher who wants to be in the room with them and has the emotional reserves to show compassion when they need it. This means that – despite what the movies may suggest – it is actually counterproductive for teachers to take a second job to buy books or pull all-nighters planning field trips. It also means that schools and districts should plan around using teacher time and energy wisely.

2. Teaching conditions matter. Does teacher quality matter? Absolutely. If we didn’t think that, we wouldn’t do this. However, insisting that great teachers can overcome endless obstacles doesn’t help kids nearly as much as it demoralizes teachers with harder assignments. Teachers want to work under the conditions that allow us to give kids the best possible education. Administrators who handle school-wide discipline, advanced warning before major schedule changes, and enough desks to match the number of students in a class are not luxuries. Teaching is tough. It’s not supposed to be masochistic.

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