Retiring teacher finds hope, and worry, in future of NC schools
As the school year begins to wind down, North Carolina public schools prepare to bid farewell to dozens of teachers who will retire in a few weeks. Steven Unruhe, who is retiring after teaching for 29 years at Northside High School in Durham, NC, reflects on his near three decades of expereince in the classroom.
From the News & Observer,
As I reach the end of my nearly three-decade run, I find myself dismayed at the slow death by a thousand cuts bleeding our schools dry. And yet, I take hope in all the teachers in all of the classrooms who would have been out of place in the high school of my youth – teachers who are creative and active and engage kids day after day. Politicians talk about failing schools – I am witness to the truth that teachers today are more creative and better trained than ever before.
I still hate school – the testing, the need for control, the endless paperwork, the rigid rules. There have been plenty of days when I did not do my job very well – too quick to anger, too slow to listen, too harsh in my words.
I hate school, but I have loved teaching. Day after day, in my little corner classroom, I have had the greatest job in the world.