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For Teachers --Mostly
3/6/2011 6:10:12 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Just some isolated, shorter thoughts on teaching...

So I've been posting a couple of essay/articles here recently, trying to correct the impression that teachers are two-faced, lazy, overpaid, and largely incompetent people who are single-handedly bringing down the public education system and the global economy.

Some of my FB peeps (see how hip the cyber-media makes us?) want me to write a book, and I may.

But now, just back from sitting at the bedside of my grandson, who was stricken with pneumonia, watching my daughter grade papers in his hospital room--because both she and I save instructional time for our kids at school-I can't help but remember the emergency C-section I had when my youngest daughter was born.

My regular doctor's wife was also having a planned C-section, and for some reason, her husband decided to attend his son's birth rather than my daughter's.  The hospital was full, and I was told by a nurse that I was actually in a linen room, but I'd be fine.  True?  Don't know.  I was in pain.

A doctor I knew by name delivered my daughter and left for Europe a day or two later without signing my release.  Took me forever to spring myself and a little longer before I got to take my baby girl home.

Doctors are professionals.  When they make mistakes--people often die.  Similarly with mechanics.  Doctors work with humans, as do teachers.

But mechanics work with machines.  One part should pretty much be like another, right?  Why should a mechanic ever be wrong, even if a doctor might?

Yet we teachers, who do work at home, who fret, worry, stew and pray for our students, who try to meet the needs--sometimes impossible needs--of 20 or 30 or x number of individual human beings--have suddenly become as toxic as nuclear waste.  Even the politicians hate us this cycle, and we're usually in with them.

So we sigh, shrug, and go on, worried about which piece of sky will fall next.  Our kids don't suffer--except maybe the ones in the hospital rooms or waiting for us to stop worrying about other kids and focus on them--but our public kids, our students, know we'll get everything we can give every day.

Some days it's more than others, but it usually isn't less.

So--physicians, heal thyselves.  Also mechanics, pilots, lawyers--all of you who had teachers, or have them now, and are seldom held to Olympian standards in spite of the enormous challenges along the way.

Sorry--I guess I mislead you on "brief."  Now back to the lesson I'm working on for tomorrow.

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More Blogs by Leslie P Garcia
• Along the Writer's Road - Saturday, December 21, 2013
• This Sweet, Sweet Irony - Sunday, October 13, 2013
• A Day--A Beautiful Day--in south Texas - Saturday, May 25, 2013
• Happy Mother's Day - Sunday, May 12, 2013
• Hi and Happy Mothers' Day! - Saturday, May 11, 2013
• Random Acts of Thought - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
• Irony of the Right Kind - Monday, April 02, 2012
• Old Acquaintances We Shouldn't Forget... - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Calmer Moments - Thursday, November 10, 2011
• Just...Tired - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Not Famous or Rich, but... - Saturday, October 08, 2011
• A Few Hundred Thousand More... - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
• How It's Done - Sunday, August 28, 2011
• New Again - Wednesday, August 10, 2011
• As Always...and Never - Saturday, July 23, 2011
• Forget You, Perry Mason - Sunday, July 03, 2011
• Totally Country - Sunday, April 03, 2011
•  For Teachers --Mostly - Sunday, March 06, 2011  
• Borrowing from a Friend--More This and That - Saturday, February 12, 2011
• Back From...Beyond - Monday, November 22, 2010
• Groundhog Day? - Sunday, February 14, 2010
• The New Black? - Tuesday, February 09, 2010
• Okay, On Dream, Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift - Sunday, January 31, 2010
• Blogs I Meant to Write and Didn't - Saturday, January 16, 2010
• Beagleized - Monday, August 03, 2009
• Heads, Heels, and Suing the World - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• Ahhh...Sunny Days and Glaring Glitches - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
• Truth, Sweet or Bitter - Sunday, February 24, 2008
• OOps! - Thursday, August 09, 2007
• But DOES he love her...? - Sunday, June 24, 2007
• A Betting Woman... - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• How Many Days Now? - Wednesday, May 02, 2007
• Following Through: The Piñata Debacle - Thursday, December 28, 2006
• Should Old Memories Be Forgot? - Monday, December 18, 2006
• Sisters and Lions - Tuesday, December 05, 2006
• Honesty, Memories, and Assorted Life Stuff - Wednesday, November 29, 2006
• Awww, Steve - Monday, September 04, 2006
• Voices from the...well, not dead - Saturday, September 02, 2006
• The More Things Stay the Same... - Sunday, November 07, 2004
• Forests, Educators, and the Terminally Puzzled - Tuesday, October 12, 2004
• Low Brows and Bare Feet - Sunday, September 19, 2004
• Sour Grapes and Seabiscuit - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Derby Day, 2004 - Saturday, May 01, 2004
• Braves New World... - Friday, April 09, 2004
• Not Rose... - Saturday, April 03, 2004
• Headshakes and Handshakes. . . - Monday, June 30, 2003

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