Outgoing NC Teacher: it’s like leaving an abusive relationship

In today’s Soapbox, this fifth year English teacher explains why she’s considering leaving the classroom — she has her family to consider.

I didn’t expect to hear from everyone, inside and outside of education, “Get out while you can.” No one is encouraging me to stay–not with a family to consider, for sure. So it’s coming down to actually making a decision about leaving. Researching graduate schools. Seeing what else I can do. Because when I got my degree, and when I first started teaching, it was all I wanted to do. Now, it’s all I know. And however much I love it, it’s hard to keep doing something that feels like it’s wearing you down, day by day.

I feel like I’ve been betrayed by the state. I feel betrayed by the country–with all the new testing standards and, on all levels, nit-picky details we have to focus on that aren’t simply teaching (learning targets, Common Core, data out the ears, more acronyms than I ever imagined possible). News reports always sound surprised that something isn’t working, and instead of addressing the problems of poverty or consulting teachers (for real, not the symbolic “involvement” in Common Core development), we move on to the next thing that some company is offering.

It almost feels like leaving an abusive relationship.

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5 Comments

  1. GOP Rules

    December 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

    This same type of rant can probably be found about almost any employer of any size, just substitute any governmental agency/job for teacher and you can say the same thing. Or you can substitute any large company name and you are likely to find someone willing to write the same thing…..heck maybe even from the Policy Watch Interns. Alan/ML care to weigh in on the PW environment? I am still looking for that job offer….

  2. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

    GOP Rules,

    Sorry, I can’t help you with a job offer at PW, as I have no connection with them whatsoever. Perhaps if you got out of your moms basement and stopped blogging all day you could actually find a job?

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    December 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    LOL that is classic Alan/ML…..maybe you need to read the article as your sarcasm is quite abusive.

  4. Skeptic

    December 20, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    God forbid that she be held accountable for her performance. Stop whining, sweet heart.

  5. Alan

    December 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    “Abusive sarcasm”, that’s a new one….