Hay gente importante…pronounced (I *Hen Tay * M Pour Taun Tay)…which means…There are important people…
…and I’m NOT one of them!
I believe that I’m FINALLY getting the message…there’s no such thing as “just teaching.” Before I begin, please allow me to preface this rant by reiterating that this school is BETTER than where I came from (but so is Sasquatch’s bunghole), however the façade is beginning to crumble.
I believe in education. REALLY. I’m a nerd…I know I’ve said this before, and I mean it when I say it (proud of it, too). However, as a teacher in the urban and/or near-to-urban public school system, I believe that I am in the WRONG profession. Those people keep fucking with me! I just want to teach! I don’t want to deal with displaying their dozens and eons worth of meaningless, standards-based, data-driven posters and shit in my room! Today, a representative from the central office visited our department meeting to “warn” us that gente importante (important people) will be coming to our rooms this week in search of this paper shit on our walls. Also, said gente importante would be subject to place students under interrogation…seeking to discover the following burning academic enigmas:
w How often has your teacher incorporated writing into your lesson?
w Is your teacher preparing you for the state graduation test?
w Has your teacher demonstrated the proper method in which to structure a persuasive essay?
Never mind the fact that our school system has been in session for EIGHT DAYS!!!! This is the Inquisition. This is the delousing of a dirty whore’s crabs. This shit is for the birds! I don’t give a damn about the county and their expansive charts that cover a good four feet of wall space…what I care about is the cultivation of a positive learning environment/community within my classroom. I also care about:
w Making photocopies for students (of which is nearly impossible…13 English teachers have been allotted 1000 copies for the entire school year)
w Internet connections (so I know there’s a damn fire drill or STRANGER DANGER)
w Ability to access the school’s online grade book service (I just got a working computer in my room today)
w Student access to technology (non-existent)
w Updated class rosters w/access to student personal info…like parent’s phone number
Okay, okay…I know…I’m complaining again! But damn it…why is it so difficult to JUST TEACH? I am obviously not una persona importante!