More teachers who are frustrated with their working conditions have submitted their stories to our feature “Your Soapbox .”
One first-grade teacher writes :
I have spent Sundays at home, trying to grapple with the computer program and my assessments’ grades, when I would much prefer to be renewing my spirit in church. My garden lies neglected. On beautiful autumn days when the sun and colors cry out to be admired, you will find me instead stuck indoors with the computer, frustrated and ready to shriek!
I confessed to my first-grade team that I had broken down and cried in frustration. They responded, “Now every team member has cried!”
And a Robeson County teacher shares :
I am appalled at the amount of work we have to do besides preparing meaningful lessons, assessments and activities. After the first shock though, I was unprepared for no raise, more hours, illnesses that I have never suffered before, meetings, game duty, lunch duty, hall duty, without a break, all day, every day, PTA nights that make a 15 hour or so day four times a year.
I have a classroom with no windows, no phone and no two way intercom. I am left on my own to break up fights between 13-year-old boys and girls who are hell-bent on beating the cream cheese out of each other.
The state of North Carolina is driving teachers away and, all that will be left will be the people who will be willing to accept the low pay and crazy hours.
Read these stories and more over at the Soapbox .