20+ Years of Teaching, or Notes From the End of Public Education
“The most important things in life can’t be measured.”
I Suck as a teacher.
Or at least I do according to the business and political bosses in charge of Amerika; the neo-liberal/neo-con reformers and their lackies. The bastards who want to take all the money they can from anything they can. The bastards that rape and pillage the Earth in an insane quest for resources; who kill people with cancer and other diseases to en-rich the Medical-Pharm Industrial Complex, who advocate a never-ending war on Terror and The Russia and The China in order to en-gorge the Military-Security-Law Enforcement Industrial Complex…Public Education; the cash-cow of privatization by forces too rich and powerful to defeat… from the Puppet Potus on down through the Walton’s, Bill Gates, Koch Brothers… governors, ineffective unions, cabinet members, Main-Stream-Media and the general ignorant and apathetic.
I am a great teacher… and I’m fed up!!!!
I’m fed up with data-driven bullshit, with kids as data-points, as children thought of as testable commodities instead of individual human beings.
I suck! I’m in trouble…. They want to get rid of me. I’m silly and believe in fun. I don’t take Pukke (ParCC) tests seriously, I told Eddie A he should opt out. I showed a You-Tube Video about how stupid the “Common Corpse (Core) really is”
The sour old NPR listening liberal teachers hate me because I look all sloppy in black jeans, grey T-shirt and hoodie, and the kids like me because I respect them and like to have fun. I put a dissection frog in a Dunkin Donuts cup and “disrupted” another teacher’s class, even though she didn’t care. I put pictures of Turkey Valenti my Science partner up on bulletin boards…I put a desiccated frog on Turkey’s desk and played trundle wheel wars and was inappropriate with the giant yellow crayon. I get talked to and memos that I’m too silly.
I suck! Coming in at 6:30am I slink past the “APeez” office so I don’t hear Bill call; “George, close the door I need to talk to you…” Poor Bill; I truly like and respect him but all they do is shit on him and make him do all the stuff the other, incompetent administrators cannot/won’t do. Need something; break up a fight, attend a expulsion hearing, cover all four student lunches… call Bill. He can’t say no, he has this crazy thing called a work ethic and it’s killing him. Bill gets told he writes too many referrals, sends too many kids to ISS; which is the only punitive measure we still possess. Bill stays for every afterschool event and makes sure every kid passes stupid worthless government.
I suck! I’m actually smart unlike many teachers, who parrot the party line of “Amerikan Exceptionalism”. I question things and am politically aware. I read books and don’t play on my “Fart Fone” during endless boring meetings. The smart kids love the way I go off on interesting topics and the troubled kids like me because I respect them, don’t judge them, and don’t “yell” at them about inane rules. I don’t think the subject I teach is the most important thing ever. I know kids even big kids need to play and relieve stress.
I suck! The 2015-2016 Schoolyear is only a few daze away… and I’m not ready. Haven’t gone to Unity once this week, is computer or smartBoard ready? Will I have to access “THE CLOUD”?
I Suck as a teacher.
It is now the start of the 2016-2017 schoolyear… Three daze of InstituteHellFun and the first Back-2-Skool partay I missed in 23 years… Institute used to festive and fun in a way, back in the GoldenAge; the excitement of a new schoolyear and talking to colleagues and sitting at the “CoolTeachersTable!” and reveling in the NewBeez! Hah… that’s so funny. And it’s so moronic that KidneyDiseaseandDialysis is preferable to returning to the toxic hell that my profession has become.
I Suck! Today I thought I culd vist my students and give them a teachable moment about the importance of Kidneys and why I disappeared "LeapDay 2016" My 8th graders were so excited to see me and glad I remembered them... (afterall I was their fav teacher!)... 10 minutes in an "Administrator/GateKeeper" shows up with security (rentaKopz) and they escort me out to my car. It seems I might be disturbing the kids talking about PolyCysticKidney Disease which 800.000 Amerikans have. If I had cancer like the teacher a few years ago... It would have meant banners and charities and walks against a disease which I'm pretty sure the cure for is being suppressed... Big$$$$$ in cancer. Needless to say I felt humiliated and pretty stupid... the kids were pissed! This is the fascist system of neo-liberal inverted totalitarianism.
Enjoy this cool pic from my Bro BigBadMatt!
I Suck! Oh well I'm a happy suck! Because I have my art and friends on DA!