A Teacher's Confession: Why I Quit
North Carolina has lost another teacher. Lyles of Waynesville penned a great article in the Asheville Citizen-Times that details why she made the difficult decision to leave the profession after over twenty years.
Yes, I quit half way through this school year to take a job in another field. So, I am a teacher who quit. Quitting and entering another profession was not a decision I took lightly. It took a lot of soul searching, prayer, a pay cut and graduate school. I want to clarify why I quit.
I quit because of the ever increasing role of bureaucracy and red tape involved in our system of education.
I quit because my best was no longer good enough.
I quit because a test score took precedence over a living, breathing student.
I quit because I could not live under the pressure of being off schedule.
I quit because I want to have a positive impact on learning, which cannot be accurately measured through a test score.
I quit because professional judgment was essentially a thing of the past.
I quit because I wanted to be treated as a professional.
I quit because I no longer thought I could speak my mind without fear of being singled out.
I quit because I was no longer a teacher, but someone who had been given a job that was physically impossible to complete.
I quit because of the overuse of assessments, no matter the name they are given.
I quit because we have created students who see reading as a test and not a pathway to learning.
I quit because teaching students became secondary to assessing students.
I quit because I love children and learning and had to find another way to have a positive impact on them.
As a teacher who quit, I want to implore everyone to stand up and be a part of doing what is right for children. Our future depends on it.