I received this anonymous comment tonight on my previous post "Homeschooling is sounding better and better..."
"Reading your post makes me angry. I understand it is your opinion however you make it seem as if the teachers are the bad guys. I am a teacher in TCSD and let me tell you, we are not! You complain about how much you have to supply well I can promise you nothing is required. If you don't want to send all those extras then don't. I am sure you chose to send those things so in my opinion stop complaining. Would you like me to add up all the money I spend on "extras" that I buy for my classroom, for your children. If you knew I hope you would realize that the $2 roll of paper towels is not a big deal! It is people like you that I wish would home school their children because it would make our class sizes that much smaller. Also, no matter the budget cuts and the stress it puts on me I will always do my job, as will most teachers I work with at the school your children attend! I love my job and will never risk a child's education just because of something that is out of my control. Lastly, if you don't agree with budget cuts let your congressmen know! "
Let me respond! I absolutely in no way insinuated that teachers are the bad guy! If you read the other comments on my post, you will see that everyone else that took the time to comment knew exactly where I was coming from and what I meant! I LOVE teachers! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! That is why I volunteer all those supplies...because I know and hate how much the teachers use their own money for in the classroom. That is why I volunteer my time to come help out in the classrooms, because I know the classes are too large for one teacher to do it all alone. That is why when I am helping in the classroom I have taken notice of the teacher's needs and supplied them with no questions asked. It sickens me, the amount of money that comes out of our teacher's pockets...when I already feel that your incomes should be higher! I know that cutting the supply funds would impact both teachers AND parents alike.
That entire post was pure sarcasm and I meant that teachers' pay should not be cut and classroom sizes should not be made larger! I know that would be stressful for teachers...who wouldn't be upset by a pay cut and more children in their classroom that they are responsible for? While you may still give your absolute best to the children in your class...and I don't doubt that you do...you cannot tell me that having larger classrooms would not make it more difficult for you to do your already demanding job. It is just a simple fact that one teacher teaching to twenty-two kids will have more time to dedicate to each child, than one teacher teaching to thirty kids.
As for expressing my concerns...I'm ahead of you! I have already expressed my concerns to the school district AND my congressmen. Parents and teachers need to be in this together. Please don't read me the wrong way and think that I am against you. I'm not.