Dear god.

If I stick around these parts, I will reach the “25 years of service” mark at age…. 47.  I’m already almost 1/3 of the way there.  Numbers like this have a weird way of freaking me out, even when I’m not sure how I feel about them.  Right now, staying for 25 years seems like an impossibility, unimaginable, but then again, 8 years ago, so did 8 years.

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2 responses to “Dear god.

  1. Ms. Chalk 'n Talk

    Ms. Frizzle,
    I think you shouldn’t worry about time passing; believe me, it certainly does pass…..tomorrow and the future are inevitably here before you know it. I am saddened by the demise of public education as I knew it, particularly in New York City. Now, you buy education in a package from Pearson Prentice Hall, Macmillan, Scholastic, or any of the corporations feeding at the trough of governmental control of education. Non educators such as businessmen and former prosecutors of corporate cases control the education system of New York City. The spirit and soul of education has been sucked away by greed and corporatization of education. I’m sorry to bring you or any other reader down, but this is not how we taught at all, or envisioned the future; Bloomberg and Klein now want to get rid of the likes of me. I presently have a good situation, but that could change at any moment. Ms Frizzle, we all bargained for lower pay throughout the years to secure our futures. In the mid 1970’s, the teachers were forced to not only give up raises but to give the city money back. It took the city 15 years to pay back those teachers. The salary was treated like it was a 2nd salary. After all, our husbands ( I left that at the time) were giving us another salary. The money was paid back with some interest to”Tier 1″ people, who are now mostly retired. We took all this as a payback for having a secure job. All this time has passed, and our status is now that of a day laborer. Senior teachers are no longer respected, they are now in the crosshairs of the DOE. I hope the outcome will be a compromise, at the least, so caring good people like you will be able to stay and benefit our kids. Time will pass and you will become us, and hopefully will not feel as disheartened as many of us are at the moment. Creativity, once a benchmark of good teaching, no longer is valued, except if you can creatively “differentiate”. Many of us have been doing that all along; it was once called “individualization” and belonged in the special education jargon of the time. I hope you enjoy a better status, and feel respected and valued.

  2. And I remember waaaay back in ’91 when I started my classroom service how I couldn’t even imagine staying this long with the same employer…..

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