Letter: Teacher frustration about much more than money

Editor:

This teacher frustration has been simmering for more than ten years and it is about much more than money. It actually began with the federal mandate of No Child Left Behind.

Since that time teachers have been responsible, liable, accountable, and blamed for a multitude of societies problems. Most of the frustration stems from onerous and intrusive federal mandates, that because of the money attached, became state mandates.

A simple example of this is a teacher could lose their job because of one high-stake test designed by some committee somewhere that decided what the test criteria would be. This is just one example of multitude of mandates.

To add to this frustration, years ago Arizona voters passed proposition 301 mandating more money be given directly to the teachers. But by the time the fine print was done and the ink dried the first of the money went to several other agencies and then to the teachers who suddenly had to jump through all kinds of hoops to prove they were worthy of the money. And if they didn’t adequately jump through the hoops the money was withheld from them.

In a effort to not be too lengthy, I have given only a few example of the frustrations, many more could be cited. There is plenty of blame to go around, but you can’t ask a red blooded American to go to college for four to six years and then treat them like serfs. They eventually will rebel and that is what we have, a rebellion and it is about much more than money.

Vicki Jo Anderson

Cottonwood

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FramkC 6 months, 1 week ago

Yes! the Fed's need to keep out of schools and money stops at administration how about them doing their job. One last thing my wife and I taught our kids to write in cursive. My boy had a book report to do. I made him write it in cursive. He had to redo the report in print as the teacher could not read it in cursive. Question, why didn't the schools teach writing and printing.

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Chick 6 months, 1 week ago

Expect people to go to college for 6 years and treat them like serfs? You've come a long way, Baby! Bob Dylan wrote, "12 years of schooling and they put you on the day shift." Now it takes 18 years of schooling to qualify for that job?

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pinonbistro 6 months ago

A democracy can't thrive without educated voters. Qualified motivated educators are the most important pillar in the education system. It's time we reward our teachers for the important jobs they do and allocate the resources they need to do their jobs well.

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