We say we want democratic schools, where our voices are heard, and yet we rule our students with an iron fist.
We say we are working as hard as we can and that merit pay will not boost our dedication or our effort, and yet we dangle grades in front of our students to try to incentivize them.
We say we work too many hours as teachers without getting paid for it and yet we assign hours of homework to our students.
We say our voices are not being heard in the educational debate yet we do not listen to the voice of our students.
We say we want to be invited into the educational policy decisions being made and yet we do not invite parents and students into our own decisions.
We say that we want freedom to teach and yet we allow little freedom to our students in learning.
We say we want to teach in our own way, infused with our passion, and yet we expect students to all learn the same way.
We say that we need to time to teach and to learn all of these new things being thrust at us and yet we expect our students to all find the time and to master it at the same time.
We say we want to be respected as individual teachers and yet we show little respect to our students as individuals, expecting them to fit into whatever we have decided the perfect student should be.
We wonder why our students are losing interest in schools and never stop to look at what we do to them. Education should not be done to them, it should happen with them. Give back your classroom to your students; give them a voice.