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Mr. Basketball

Canon 6D, 35 mm f/1.4 lens, Matt

I’ve grown flustered with the world over time. I think things get to me more so than others and I become angry and upset because there’s really nothing at all I can do to change anything.

We as individuals don’t have that power. Don’t fool yourselves in case you think we do.

What hits very close to home to me is education. Matt is a public high school teacher and has been teaching for a couple of years now. He mostly tells me funny stories about his kids, and tends to spare me the annoyances of daily teaching life. But every now and then he’ll tell me about some sort of ridiculousness that happens at school that impacts teachers.

It’s gotten to the point where I’ve mentioned that perhaps he needs to find another line of work all together.

I can’t mention details and I can’t speak for teachers in all parts of America, but those who teach in Virginia are treated extremely poorly. For one, a fresh graduate out of college with a bachelor’s makes more than a teacher in Virginia who has been teaching at least 3-4 years and has a master’s degree.

Their benefits year after year are slowly being cut. At the state level in Virginia, education is not funded well, even though the population continues to inflate and schools are already crowded.

If you pass by the high school we live near, you’ll see the many outdoor make-shift classrooms because there is no more space within the school building itself.

Teachers spend their time forced – yes forced because this is not a choice they have – teaching kids how to take and pass a standardized test.

It’s sickening. It almost makes you want to flee to another country with a better education system than here.

It’s so easy to criticize teachers for something or other – and I’m not saying they are all good at their job, there are definitely some bad eggs – but you have to remember they have your kid in their class for a few hours or just an hour a day (depending what grade at school). They are not your child’s parent, they are not their friend, they are not their social, cultural community.

Remember that saying it takes a village to raise a child? Because it does take parents, friends, the local community around them, and yes their teachers to help raise that child.

There’s an education illness in this country that’s spreading rapidly without many taking notice or just shrugging their shoulders. One day soon you’ll wake up to a society that has completely slashed public education, and instead you’re faced with three choices:

  • Send your child to an expensive private school for 12 years and that will cost you at the very least $200,000.
  • Play the charter school lottery and hope your child gets into a school.
  • If neither one of the above pans out, your child remains without an education.

So, what’s it going to be?

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Trust me, it’s not just Virginia.

    January 14, 2016
    • Marie #

      This makes me even sadder. 😦

      January 14, 2016
  2. Already said some words about this over on the instagrams, but I’ll say it again, this totally sucks. And it’s the same in the UK. I fear for the children of the future and the education system they’ll be in.

    January 15, 2016
    • Marie #

      Sometimes I wonder if there is any place in the world that has a pretty decent education system anymore for all children (that is available and affordable). Oh and loved what you said on Instagram. 🙂

      January 15, 2016
      • Maybe in Scandinavia – they have all the best things there!

        January 15, 2016
        • Marie #

          I tell you, I’m totally moving there. 😉

          January 15, 2016
          • I’ll join you. Just maybe need to get used to the cold!

            January 15, 2016

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