The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports public school enrollment in the city has fallen to its lowest level since 1894.
In the comments section, one reader who claims to be a Cleveland public school teacher responds. I repost it here exactly as it appears there:
As a proud teacher for the CMSD I would like to give the readers an idea of what our children see on a daily basis. I am assuming most of you have not ever seen someone be killed right in front of you, our kids have. I bet most of you feel safe in your homes at night when you lay in your beds, our kids do not. As adults, we often struggle with juggeling a career and parenthood, and our students struggle with single parenthood and remaining a good student. Many of our students come hungry, are abused, raise themselves and sibblings, and much more. I am a union member who is all for evaluating teachers on how well they make connections with students, conduct their classrooms, present interactive lessons, but not how well a student does on one day of test. I would love to be “paid what I am worth” as on response said. I have a BA and two Masters degrees and I work everyday with students many of the readers who run from if they saw them in their neighborhoods. How much is that worth? I am at school each day with these kids and if I was not, they would be on a bus on their way to your towns…which would be fine with me…would it with you? I am not asking for more money, I am asking for social service help and help for my studnets to deal with the very tragic things they see daily. I don’t care if we have 120,00 students or 10 these kids deserve the help they are desprately crying out for.
We all make mistakes, and an Internet comment is not exactly a formal letter, but if you want to persuasively argue about public education, you should at least make a better attempt at proofreading. I count 15-18 spelling and grammatical errors in that paragraph.
Perhaps this teacher’s students really are walking through battlefields to get to school. Is the trip worth it?