I had a dream that I didn't pass the state exams and was going to have to repeat third grade. Clearly the stress of test prep is getting to me.
I came home and followed a link on another blog to a transcript of a Rush Limbaugh show. I know that guy's a maniac and no one should listen to anything he has to say, but nevertheless, let's take a look at what Rush has to say:
"Can we get rid of the myth once and for all that school teachers, anymore, are these average, ordinary, next-door neighbors who are just doing everything they can to further the educational experience of your children? That's not who they are. They are left-wing activists, active members of unions who are oriented first by a political agenda, second by their own well-being, and your kids come last.
Could these people who are making what they're making as a result of state and federal accidents, could they earn that money in the private sector on their own? Do they have the skills? Do they have the talent? Could they? Do they have the ability to even do what they're doing now reasonably well? The whole educational system has been co-opted by people who have found an easy way to a good living, and they realize it and they don't want to give it up without a fight. It's always about the money."
Definitely, Rush, I know I certainly became a teacher because I was all, "Easy money!"
I don't know how to prove it to these jerks, but please believe me when I say: I work so hard for these children. I dream about these children. I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about how I can best further the educational experience of these children.
Although I tend to be somewhat conservative politically, this fashionable practice of bashing anyone who works for the government is getting quite old.
The problem with Limbaugh is that he is an entertainer. Nothing more, nothing less. He has convinced a large audience that he is all knowing and that his every word is the gospel truth.
Saying every public employee is a leech on society is as absurd as saying every talk show host is a pillar of society. The reality is that the radio business is full of grease-balls, the morals of many would preclude them from any meaningful employment.
Limbaugh got lucky after floundering around in small markets for many years, he found a message with legs and ran with it.
In due time, some other group will be targeted and you won't have to show up to work with a bag over your head.
Just be glad Limbaugh hasn't reproduced as of yet. You won't have to worry about educating his little bastard.
Hang in there Miss Brave.
i would pay money to see that effing bastard take his no-talent into a new york city classroom.
either that, or just make him illegal for being a liar, liar pants on fire.
I think you should apply for Rush's job... funnier entertainment and no producer would be forced to wake you from a drug induced stupor. Win-win on all sides.
Amen,sister, Amen. Yesterday at work, at least three other teachers beside myself spontaneously shared their lack of sleep and anxiety over their students and the upcoming high stakes testing. The public just does not understand the level of commitment and caring of so many teachers against so many issues. In solidarity with you, Bronx Teacher
I sincerely do believe that you work very hard for those children.. best of luck to you!
I don't think I've ever had a good night's rest on a school night since I started teaching. We spend our waking hours teaching, planning, grading... and then we go ahead and spend the hours we're asleep working over whatever problems are unsolved. Thankfully we don't rely on people like Rush for validation.
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