This has been a tough year for Texas teachers.  They all are, but this one has been extraordinary.

The pressures on them grow daily.  They are bombarded by demands that are handed down by bureaucrats, lobbyists and activists that have not seen the light of a classroom this entire year, many of whom have never been educators or have not taught more than a short time.

They are told what resources to use, how they will use them, pressured to teach to a test that they have never seen, nor had any part in developing and are discouraged from being creative or using their natural talents. Some are even directed to teach things that make no sense, like math that isn’t math.

They are the front line for frustrated parents with complaints about homework, testing and administrative issues.

Then there are the children… the people that are supposed to be what education is all about.  These men and women walk into the unknown, daily, with kids that have a myriad of cultural backgrounds, some with troubles at home, others with gaps in their learning from disruptions created by bureaucrats, those that have a lack of discipline outside the classroom or some that are just a little lost and need an extra hand up.  There are those that make their days easy and skate by, absorbing what is taught to them and others that are somewhere in between.  Each one is touched by this person who shows up to lead them each day.

Even more so than our children (our kids have parents that should be speaking on their behalf) teachers have no voice in the problems that are resulting from the corrupt reform movement. The only impact they can truly have is when the classroom door closes and they quietly take your child’s education into their own hands to conduct damage control for as much as is possible without putting them on the radar. They are bound by contracts that prohibit them from informing you, alerting you or warning you when all is not well.

Parents, take the time to get to know your teachers when school resumes in the fall. Understand their challenges. Identify areas that you can shore up your child at home and support the teacher in educating your child.  Discover how you can be an advocate for the teachers and the students by getting involved in what is going on with your school board and state board of education.

Thank a teacher by taking ownership and responsibility for your child’s education and supporting the teacher’s role in that.

Teachers, thank you for your dedication to our kids and something that is so vitally important to the future of the country… education. While your jobs may seem thankless, there are many of us that recognize your worth and value and are forever grateful.

Prayers for all to be blessed with a peaceful, joyful summer!

In gratitude,

Kim ~ mykidzmom