I am a retired educator, with 22 years in Savannah-Chatham County public school system and nine years up North.
The reason I retired last year was I did not like the direction education was going.
Instead of focusing on the students, focus has now turned to the collection of useless information to appease powers that be.
The reason most people go into teaching is their love of learning and passing it on to their students. Gone are the days of field trips, cooking in class and doing a project just because the students had an interest.
There is no time for silliness, singing or any spontaneous activity. Now each day is filled with lessons that allow for no creativity.
Teachers’ days are filled with paperwork, data, RTI documentation and data collection with very little time to teach. And when they do teach, it is with lessons that are prefabricated.
There are no more teachable moments because of strict timelines put on lessons. The amount of non-age appropriate material that teachers are expected to teach to their students is ridiculous.
These educators went to college and have various degrees on how to teach with best practices without being given the opportunity to use their knowledge.
People who have not been in the classroom or have been out for years have no idea what a teacher’s day is like. Yet, they make all the decisions.
Each department has different requirements they expect teachers to accomplish. There is no communication between departments, so the load on the teachers amplifies.
I urge each administrator, teacher, parent and student to call Superintendent Thomas Lockamy, their school board member and the State Department of Education to stand up for our teachers instead of knocking them down.
This current way of educating our students is not effectively preparing them for the future.