The below comment was left on my Reps. Facebook Page under the post: Funding Student Success Working Group Meeting – Update.
It’s important for legislators – and tax payers/citizens – to understand that our schools have been asked to do so much more than educate our children. That has huge impacts on teachers, administrators, budgets, and communities. Are we willing to do that as a nation? Do we need to rethink priorities and expectations? How can we create stronger families, neighborhoods, communities, and towns so that our teachers and students can truly focus on learning?
The comment and questions are spot-on. Do folks really understand what is happening in our schools today? Educators are not just teaching, they are doing so much more. I have seen first-hand what teachers do for Delaware students; it is not just about reading, writing and arithmetic.
You got that right. We feed them, cloth them and sometimes provide essentials and facilities to clean themselves. We teach behavior, conflict management, talking, speaking, and what appropriate language is. We do it all, then teach our content area too.