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“Can We Please, Just Once, Have A Real Teacher?”

Another gem from The Onion. This point/counterpoint piece begins innocently enough with the earnest testimonial of an alumna of a TFA-esque program. It’s then completely upended by “fourth-grader” “Brandon Mendez” who “writes”:

You’ve got to be kidding me. How does this keep happening? I realize that as a fourth-grader I probably don’t have the best handle on the financial situation of my school district, but dealing with a new fresh-faced college graduate who doesn’t know what he or she is doing year after year is growing just a little bit tiresome. Seriously, can we get an actual teacher in here sometime in the next decade, please? That would be terrific.

But really, read the whole thing.

And, just for fun, here are some other Onion stories we’ve highlighted in the past:

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  • 1 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Jul 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Inside Education Today.
    Phyllis C. Murray.
    The rapid turnover of temporary teachers, like the opening and closing of New York Public Schools, is disruptive and has a very negative impact on the students who need stability in their lives. Certainly, stability is one thing that many of today’s students do not find in the New York City public schools (or at home). Teachers are here today and gone tomorrow. And this is a sad situation. Furthermore, lest we forget, no matter how bright the neophyte teacher may be, it takes years to become an effective teacher. Thus, a revolving door approach to education can be quite disruptive. It is not even cost effective.

    Each year, a new set of teachers require staff development, mentoring, supervision, and resources. This investment is fine for teachers who earnestly wish to remain in the New York City Public School System. However, when there is a “rapid turnover rate,” taxpayers are losing the tax dollars which were earmarked for an investment in a viable workforce. Furthermore, whenever students witness a rapid change of staff from year to year, the students begin to view all teachers as temporary teachers or expendable. And eventually, they lose respect for the teachers who remain.

    Years ago, the union advocated for: Resources, Respect, and Retention. Today, more than ever, we need resources for all teachers, respect for all teachers, and a retention of teachers who are willing to invest in a future that is not their own