Kindergarten teacher resigns to protect her mental and physical health. Her Facebook post explaining why goes viral.

By |2019-06-18T08:04:06-09:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


Courtesy of ABC News:

Gentry told “Good Morning America” the decision to leave was a difficult one, and she reached out to human resources on two occasions.

“There were a few major events that spurred my departure. I hold teaching in such high regard that watching my most recent administration laugh about students with disabilities, state that we ‘shouldn’t lose sleep over’ struggling students, say that she [a school administrator] ‘washed her hands of this year’ in April was disheartening to say the least,” she said.

The former teacher said she’s been surprised by the response to her post. While there have been a few negative comments, most have been “overwhelmingly positive.”

“There is an enormous amount of educators who feel that exact way but have felt alone and guilty for thinking so,” Gentry told “GMA.” ” I never expected it to reach farther than a few friends — but I am so humbled to be able to throw the curtains open on the issue and give those who feel unable to say it a voice.”

She hopes that her post can inspire some kind of change.

“I’d love nothing more than to do work with those willing to listen to change the current path our public education system is headed down. I promised my coworkers when I left that I’d be the voice for them since so many fear being reprimanded for speaking up,” she said.

 I found this very hard to read. 

I commiserated with her quite a bit, as I had my own frustrations while working as a Kindergarten TA for three years. 

For me, it was mostly due to the No Child Left Behind policies that focused on testing.

That irritated me to no end, and I am glad that policy has been discarded. 

Good teachers certainly do not grow on trees and earning a teaching certificate is no guarantee that the person is up to the job. 

So losing one is always a sad day.

We have systematically undermined public education and devalued teachers to such a degree that it is almost amazing that anybody still wants to enter the profession. 

Keeping them on the job with all the supports they need to do it successfully should be every school districts top priority. 

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 19, 2019 at 7:25 am

    The separation of nature is the ignorance practiced from the church. They preach Certainty. Certainty IS ignorance. That is where all this comes from.

    The sooner we become aware of nature itself as evolutionary, the sooner the chasms will close. The divides are all in our heads, in our WRONG way of seeing nature. We are god, we are nature, and we are man. The three are one. There has never been separation.

  2. 2100 June 19, 2019 at 8:22 am

    OT/
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/tribal-prophecy-of-a-warming-climate-becoming-dire-reality-in-alaska?ref=home

    A prophecy handed down over the generations by Noah Lincoln’s elders in the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe seemed to be coming true at 4 a.m. Monday. The first creature to vanish was the Alaska state bird, the Willow Ptarmigan.

    “Our elders used to say someday the winter won’t come anymore, it won’t get cold like it used to,” They used the expression “ungungsiit cimiingetciqluki” to describe a change in the sea and land creatures on which his tribe subsists.”
    ““We used to go by snow machine to good spots,” “You would out go across the bay and it’s not dangerous.” They now have to go by boat and are restricted to areas within walking distance of the shore.”

    “Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, prominent climatologist Rick Thoman told the Daily Beast that Toksook Bay had experienced its warmest spring on record.”

  3. Anonymous June 26, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Actually, they don’t.

    There is a teacher shortage that isn’t going away any time soon. It’s retiring baby boomers coupled with low pay, lack of respect, lack of support, lousy working conditions, high cost of living. No college student is going to go into student debt for a job that will take decades to pay off and they may never be able to own a home. The worse areas are the affluent ones as teachers can’t afford to live in those communities and some don’t want an extensive commute. Not much chance of advancement.

    In the private sector they can make a starting salary equal to a teacher with a masters and 20 years experience. That’s to start. After a few years they’ll be making more than an administrator. Sad to say that between the high cost of living and student loans you’d be stupid to become a teacher.

    Add all of the rest, spoiled children, litigious parents, apathetic administrators and it’s a perfect storm for a teacher shortage.

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