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My sibling e-mailed this to me recently. Just thought I would post some real life perspective to the debate.

BTW, she voted for Bush.


I happen to be on lunch break, but am going through the most stressful time
> ever as a teacher.Teachers have broken down crying and many are
> saying they are quitting after this year, or if they aren't able (like me),
> they are saying if they could do anything else besides teach, they would.
> it's just way too much to go into, but all stems from Bush's No Child Left
> Behind Act. Just ONE EXAMPLE is that on Monday I was told I would be going
> to be totally changing the program and teaching Spanish reading and math all
> morning, then only English instruction in the afternoon to the same kids.
> Wednesday I was told I was teaching the Spanish reading and math in the
> morning, then switching kids with someone else and doing the PM in English
> with them. Today I was told I will be teaching Spanish reading and math in
> the morning to one set of kids, then the same thing again to a second set of
> kids. Hello?????????????? School starts Monday!
Each change requires different materials, posters, etc on the walls,
> and scheduling. We spent the rest of the morning til now figuring out the
> scheduling (every subject has to have a different amount of minutes). Also,
> we will now walk to the cafeteria and come back with the trays to eat
> breakfast in the rooms. That adds garbage, milk/food spills, vomitting,
> etc. to our routine, then walking out again to the bathrooms to go potty and
> wash hands. It's hard to convey in a short message the monumental task we
> have and be all smiles, welcoming students on Monday!! MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

> They want to save money by not paying the bilingual teachers their stipend
> and use it to pay insurance across the district. I went to more school at
> my cost, took the tests at my cost, got my Bilingual Credential at my cost
> so our district could serve our kids better. I have gotten $4,000 a year
> more for my efforts (and hardships! It would be much easier to teach in
> English!) And now they are trying to take that away. Most teachers I speak
> with are very disillusioned and if possible are looking for other areas to
> work in. The nation is going to have a huge shortage of teachers if
> something doesn't change. Bush says every student in the nation will be on
> or above grade level by 2014, even special ed and English language learners.
> Incredible! I'd like to see him teach in my school for a year. Then see
> what he thinks.
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