Opinion

Many outside influences act on teachers

To the editor:


Mark Twain once commented, ?I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.?


What in the world is going on in 21st century public education when teachers are rebelling, protesting, striking and shutting down schools throughout this nation?


In a letter to the editor in the March 29th edition of The Fairfield Ledger titled, ?Encourage school board directors to support teachers,? it was suggested that the current FCSD board of directors need to hear from you.


It now appears that the Fairfield Community Education Association, teachers? union, might be concerned that the current FCSD board of directors might allow FCSD administration to remove certain items from teacher contracts. Remember when FCEA leadership told you who to vote for during the last school board election? I do.


Too often, teachers are considered the problem when solving budgeting problems, due to declining enrollments and etc., but has anyone ever considered the mass murder of over 60 million potential students in this nation and its effect on declining enrollment?


Teachers, like us, are often only as good as what has the greatest influence over us. Teacher performance is affected by politics, unions, administration agendas, curriculum decisions, Common Core, endless collaboration, meetings and seminars, activists, special interest groups, media, school boards, ACLU, security issues and books written by those professing to be educational experts. This list is never ending.


Could you perform, exceed expectations or keep your sanity if you had this many outside influences telling you what or what not to do?


God please grant these teachers mercy and multiply their peace and their love, mentally, physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually.


There are some instances where public education could be improved by assisting some teachers and administration to find new employment but as in any vocation this needs to be addressed on an individual basis as the need arises.


Overall, there are too many distractions, outside influences and meddling going on in public education in this nation and it is hindering the American Dream, prosperity of this nation and the future of all posterity.


It is also fueling the fires of school choice and alternative education in this nation.


Teachers are not the problem in this nation?s public education, so do not ever berate the truth or teachers in front of the students as they are watching and listening, and for too many decades they have emulated in life what they see adults do more often than they remember what they are taught or told.


?A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.? ? Forest E. Witcraft, teacher and scholar, 1950.