A friend of mine from my college days is a Chicago teacher, and she posted this to Facebook yesterday evening. There has been a lot of debate among my teacher friends on social media regarding this Chicago strike – let us know what you think on the situation in the comments if you’d like.
This TRUE post is for all my CPS teachers who need all the support they can get – my second year of teaching in a Chicago Public School (in one of the better neighborhoods) during the state exam, one of my 32 4th Graders was shaking and teary eyed during testing. I did what any caring teacher would do and reassured her that I was there if she needed to talk about something. Thankfully, even though I had limited resources and a very crowded classroom, I had built a relationship with each of my students, including this very upset little girl. Later that day she shared that she had been sexually abused the previous day. Her mother who worked two jobs was not home and one of her older brother’s friends took advantage of her. Instead of worrying about the state exam, I worried about my student. I got her help and we cried together. She probably got the lowest score in the school for all I know. Now, under the plan that is being proposed, I would be poorly evaluated for that decision. My overall rating would go down for not forcing that student to sit and “do her best” on the state tests.
For anyone who has had a moment in their life that was greatly changed for the better because of a teacher (which I’m sure had nothing to do with a state test) – help a teacher today and support them in their fight to help children. Don’t listen with an indifferent ear when people and the media bash teachers – be proactive and stand with them!