This work is a ficticious account of teaching experiences inspired by fighting it out in the trenches. It is told in bold raw emotional observations of how our educational system looks from the trenches. When it is fucked up. I will say that. I will not pull any punches because I am no longer under the control and purview of any school district. I can not be retaliated against as so many teaches have been, because as a retired teacher I can no longer be deprived of my constitutional rights.
I will be fluent about the real bullshit that is clogging the isles of our classrooms. You will see how it looks from the perspective of a teacher who spent his days grinding it out in the mine fields of educational reality. I will not speak as an authority, but as a troop back from the front – being debriefed. For in today’s middle school it truly is a combat experience.
I will speak as I’ve encouraged other teachers to speak – from their hearts with the tool that they are most familiar – the written word. And when the cacophony of teacher voices reaches the surface of public awareness, change will take place. The problem is that not enough is being said. The rain is not coming down fast enough to create the awareness of a storm.
These realities include confrontation with parents, students, administrators, classified staff, and other teachers. Many tales need to be told to inform the public and elected officials as to what exactly is coming down in their schools. This is complex. There are many aspects of education that weave together into a tapestry of educational reality. There is no universal reality that we can go by to make policy. The realities are diverse. That is why it is not easy or simple finding the solutions. Some of our best minds have written about education. But what has been the net outcome in our country? Little of any lasting consequence. We are still in the gravitational field that is pulling us down.
It is with this perspective that I have created this blog and with the undying hope that somewhere over the rainbow a world of peace, harmony and learning exists. At that time all of us will fly over the rainbow into a world we have yet to describe.