An Open Letter to Campbell Brown from a Teacher on Leave

I would like to applaud Bailey Shawley for writing an amazing response to Campbell Brown. As a teacher I feel the pressures she mentions almost daily. I am tired of hearing on the news from people who have never worked a classroom a single day in their life talk about how ineffective today’s teachers are at their job. Spend a week in my classroom. Then talk to me about effectiveness.

Life Under the Ponytail

Dear Ms. Brown,

I saw your interview with Stephen Colbert. I wish I could have been one of those protesters outside the studio. You see, I don’t support people who are not educational experts attempting to reform or really even discuss education in such a public forum. That may be because I am a teacher.

I am certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to teach Secondary English for 99 years; in other words, I have earned my permanent certification. I have a Master of Education plus sixty additional graduate credits. I have been in the trenches for eleven years. In those eleven years, I taught English and reading and remedial reading to students in grades seven, eight, nine, ten, and eleven. I also tutored students who were performing below grade level and who were not proficient on our standardized state assessments. I was considered a teacher leader in my building…

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much!

    • Thank you for saying perfectly just what I feel most of the time. I love teaching but the constant criticism can really wear a person down. Last year I had ten ADHD, one paranoid schizophrenic, three with anger management issues, three with fathers who were incarcerated, many with absent fathers, and in a school with 97% free lunch. I had 30 students and didn’t get an aid till the year was almost 2/3 of the way through. Yet my governor wants to yank my teaching certificate if my students can’t pass state tests three years in a row.

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