There was a powerful letter that was shared on Facebook recently. It was from a teacher in Texas who is probably going to quit at the end of this year, if she makes it that far.

She had always wanted to be a teacher but she had become dismayed over the way students behaved nowadays and how she felt the administration blamed her for the problems.

She worried about the future for teachers, predicting a teaching crisis if things don't get better.

She really wasn't saying anything new, but she said it so eloquently it made people notice and share it on social media, as I did.

What I took away from her letter was a lack of respect. A lack of respect from the children and a lack of respect from the parents, who probably taught the kids.

I don't think there's any one answer to all of this. I don't know if it's the "everyone gets a trophy" mentality or people just not taking responsibility.

Life is not fair. Some of us complain about it and others give it our best shot. We learn, ask questions and ask others for help.

I don't understand how students today can trash someone else's property either. This teacher from Texas posted pictures of some of her own items that had been destroyed. What is their thinking? "Well it's not mine, what do I care?" I was raised to care more if it wasn't mine.

In the letter, the teacher was dreading the upcoming weeks. Report cards were coming up and she said nearly half of her children were going to fail. They were going to fail because of so many missed assignments. She had tried to help, but no one wanted to do the work. She expected the parents to complain and then, she felt the administration would question her: "How could she let this happen?"

If your child fails, how can it be the teachers fault? Is your child doing the homework? Do they understand it? Does he or she need extra help? It's your responsibility! Not your child's, not the teacher's or the administration.

One of our children had a difficult time early on in school. We recognized an issue, asked for help and now they've been very successful because we found out they were a very visual learner, not someone to be lectured to all day. I could have said, "There's a problem, you people better fix it," but instead we got involved.

This letter also touched on how teachers get little, if any budget to operate with. I'm no economic genius but I get it: if the money is not there it's not there. But where is it? If we're top -heavy with administration or specialists but we can't afford to replace torn books or buy tablets, who are we serving?

It would be great if the Bill Gates or Warren Buffets of the world would step up and make this problem disappear but I think they already make many donations. Hey what about if each athlete paid an education tax on their mega contracts? Hello? No I don't see that happening.

I'm not sure what led to this but I am sure of two things: The administrations need to enforce their rules and not be so worried about upsetting parents. And, if we don't make changes, the future is not too bright.

 

Email Pete Braley at Braley.Pete@gmail.com.