To my teacher friends, colleagues and all of the parents who feel this way: I say Thank You! Greg Beeler wrote this post on Facebook after the Newtown tragedy. More than an arms debate, it is a true testament to what educators do on a daily basis. We are the counselors, teachers, cooks (sometimes), coaches, parents, supporters, listeners, and the kings and queens of multitasking.
Please note, this post also brings to light the role of the parent. To clarify, one cannot assume all parents feel this way or expect these responsibilities from their child's teacher. I believe the tasks mentioned, from a holistic view, are part of the teacher's role, some are political, and many times teachers are left holding parental responsibilities (again, not all, but some).
For everything you do, every single day, thank you from Greg Beeler (and me)!
Greg’s post received over 100,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, and has been translated into 7 different languages.
Greg gave me permission to share his work verbatim, and you can subscribe to his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/guydelines
Please note, he does not always write about education, as he covers various topics.
Please come to work early so I can drop my kids off on my way to Starbucks. Please feed them breakfast while they’re there. Make sure it’s healthier than what I offer at home. Also, teach them math & science since we rarely practice those in our house. But, also teach the moral & religious beliefs that they see me not follow. I want you to reward their successes & recognize each child’s abilities. But, make sure they all feel like winners & that no one feels left out. Be on the watch for bullies or troublemakers. Don’t let anyone mistreat anyone else since I don’t have time to find out if my child is the “different” one. Make sure to recognize each student’s individual talents & skills. Tell me what those are during our 10-minute conferences each semester. Love & cherish my children as if they were your own. I’m busy working 50 hour weeks trying to pay for all of our belongings & don’t have the kind of spare time that you do. Also, learn to shoot a gun & bring it to school in order to protect my children. They are my life & I wouldn’t want them to be harmed on your watch. Ensure every child that leaves your classroom is safe, smart, well adjusted, & free of social problems or concerns. I have difficulty parenting my two kids, but you got a degree in this. So, you must be able to handle all 38 students with absolute ease. When you’re done with this list, let me know. I have more ideas on how you can raise my children for me.