Public School Education.... the other side
As a public school teacher it can be pretty easy to get beaten down by all of the negativity. People seem to view public education as this filthy and immoral cesspool breaking children. I take a different perspective.
There are literally hundreds of public schools in the city where I live, and while there are occasional stories about negative things happening in a classroom or about a teacher, it is very occasional. I truly believe that most of the classrooms have extremely positive things going on in them and are being lead by devoted teachers. I am, after all, an example of this. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't see public classrooms having a hugely positive impact on children and society.
I will give a few first hand experiences of positive things happening in public classrooms and hope others do as well.
*Student's home is being monitored by CPS but student is still living in the home. The teacher makes lunch for the student every single day since the parents do not do so. The teacher sees that the child has needed new shoes all year and buys new shoes for student. The teacher sees that the child no longer has a backpack and buys the student a new one. Teachers are often the ones who bring stability and care to children whose parents and CPS are failing.
*Student is acting out with rage attacks and doesn't do school work many years in a row. Student gets a teacher who forms a strong bond with her and student starts verbalizing frustrations, doing school work, making friends, and succeeding. The school recognizes the difference the teacher has made with the students and spends thousands of dollars to allow the teacher to work as the student's aide while maintaining a teaching position in the school in subsequent years to help the student maintain success.
*School has school-wide policy where teachers give free tutoring to struggling students.
*Teacher is strong with technology and sees that other teachers aren't. This teacher offers to teach a free class to the other teachers in the school about using technology in the classroom. This class isn't mandatory, but all of the teachers in the school attend the class in their spare time.
*This newspaper article was written about a class in Oregon.
Please keep this post rolling..... share some of your first-hand experiences with great public education. (Only positive stories please! This post is meant to up-lift.)