LTE: Entering The Teaching Profession Will Be One Of The Greatest Challenges Of My Life
In a LTE published in the Asheville Citizen-Times, an education student who is preparing to enter the teaching profession in North Carolina, describes the challenges she sees and encourages folks to vote in November to create change for public education in our state. From her LTE,
This is a difficult time to be entering a career in public education. As much as I am committed to this profession, it would be untrue if I said that I had never considered changing majors or moving to another state. Many of my peers already have. I will soon be graduating and looking for a job in our local public schools. As exciting as graduation will be, without legislative change, I know that I will be facing one of the greatest challenges of my life. I don't mean positive challenges, like working to become an effective and engaging educator. That's a challenge that I welcome. I mean the challenge of giving high-stakes standardized tests which undermine the idea of making meaning out of our learning. The challenge of having to teach a class where there are not enough books for all of my students. The challenge of not making enough money to take care of my family. We have to continue to demand that the state government revise and create policies that help, and not hurt, our public schools. We need to go out and vote in November and to encourage our friends, families, and neighbors to vote. Public schools depend on your support.
Runda Alamour, Asheville
Alamour is State Student NCAE President