This morning as I was reading through my daily subscriptions, I came across this particular passage:
“…for the teachers out there, I have a message for you. We are blamed for the broken system because we are not making it a priority to speak out from the trenches. Society will listen to those with the loudest voices, and ours aren’t even yet heard at a whisper. Share what works in your classroom. Share the victories of your school with your community. Share your ideas about better teacher policies. We can no longer give our tacit permission for those few who are the weakest among us to dictate our reputation. If society is to respect our profession, as it deserves, we need to write our own stories. – Heather Wolpert-Gawron
It was a timely piece, especially in face of the budget cuts, bad press, mass firings, layoffs, and other negative spotlights fixed on teachers today. Recently I wrote a post about how discouraged I was with my experiences at teacher expos and exchanges with recruiters about the teaching job market. I didn’t realize just how extremely tight and fragile the job market is right now. The lack of open positions was disheartening, especially as I draw nearer to the end of my master degree and begin to set forth and look for employment.
I deleted that post because I felt as if it was implying that I was giving up. I’m posting this quote instead as a reminder for myself: A broken system does not equal broken people. I have to have faith that things will follow through, both in the personal and professional sense.