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A blog post on the American Federation of Teachers’ “Share My Lesson” website claims that there are parents who “will make it their business to undermine” teachers.
The post, written by Amber Chandler, discusses the many reasons people become teachers, but begins by explaining the challenges teachers face.
Chandler, who is a middle school teacher in New York and an ambassador for ShareMyLesson, notes that teachers could do more in other areas and that “standardization is still what drives education.” She also notes that teachers work more than the 40-hour workweek during the school year, and many have side gigs to earn extra money during the summer.
“And you’re going to have to realize that today there are parents who are going to make a point of undermining you, and your confidence is going to be shaken,” she continues in the post titled “So you think you want to be a teacher?”
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Despite these challenges, Chandler says there is “nothing [she’d] rather do it every day and then get up and go to school,” adding that teachers can “set the tone” in their classroom.
“You can make sure that the last student usually picked isn’t the last picked this time around. In your classroom, you can make sure that the student who doesn’t have the most basic necessities can have the tools to do his job. In your classroom, you can listen to those who are never heard. You can see those children who are afraid of being known. You can set the tone, and the tone can be acceptance, respect and sympathy,” she wrote.
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“So if you think you want to be a teacher, I can promise you a path full of pitfalls, setbacks and sadness that will make you catch your breath, but I can also promise you that there is no other way to spend your life if teaching is your calling,” she wrote.
The American Federation of Teachers, which is one of the largest teachers’ unions in the country, has been criticized in the past for downplaying the role of parents in education.
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Last October, AFT chairman Randi Weingarten faced backlash after he tweeted his support for an editorial claiming parents had no right to shape their children’s school curriculum.
“Great article on parents’ rights and #publicschools,” Weingarten tweeted of a Washington Post article titled, “Parents say they have the right to shape their kids’ school curriculum. They don’t. do not.”
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