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But wait, their crisis is not what is the problem. Their crisis of low test scores and America’s ranking in the world is not really what will be our undoing. The real crisis is how we are losing veteran teachers, how people with years of experience are quitting the field they love because they no longer can teach in a creative manner. In every district across the United States veteran teachers are being blamed for the education crisis. They are being told their methods are outdated, their methods are not teaching to the test, and by the way, they are also much too expensive.
The travesty that is losing all of these knowledge experts is what will be our educational undoing. All of those years of experience, of knowing what works, of being able to reach children, is walking out the door with our veterans. Those people that teachers like me reach out to when we are stumped, they are quitting in droves, sick of the testing, sick of beng the bad guy, sick of being told how to teach so that test scores can’t improve. And I can’t say I don’t blame them.
The state of education is indeed one of crisis and I wonder when will we as a society realize that being knowledgeable is an asset, not a detriment. That teaching in a manner that encourages creative problem-solving, hands-on learning, and that is influenced by the teacher is a great thing. That assessing students in a way that reflects how they will be assessed in their future lives makes more sense. That teacher worth cannot be measured by a multiple choice test taken by a tired ten year old. And that having an experienced teacher who still loves what they do is one of the best educational investments we can make.