Saturday, September 19, 2009

A week as a U.S. teacher

(10-word ultra-flash fiction)

M

Teaching bubbly children to read, watching bureaucracies crush their avidness.

Three hours on my ass; consultants lecture, leech away life.


T

Kids create their own behavior guide; their fairness merits immortality!

One-hour writing, one of math: conformity stinking, formulaic repression.


W

NO child left behind(!) where exclusion would let her blossom.

Creating scary stories after school with seven giggling Bram Stokers.


Th

Our contract again renegotiated, our professional self-esteem slavishly recheapened.

Assessment day: standardized scoring and tracking of beautifully unique children.


F

Berated for arriving late, humiliated, like teachers deliberately invented entropy.

FAC arrives, flooding our empty arteries with inebriating, deceptive palliatives!


S

Twelve hours, six days, teachers' sangre, lágrimas stained many blackboards.

Grade homework, prepare lessons, parent letters, Monday-lecture vaccine, etc.


RudyChG


5 comments:

msedano said...

Those etc. will get you every time, if not cetera'd, you get et.

Rene Colato Lainez said...

Hi Rudy,

I work in a year around school. Next week is our parent conference.
Teaching is great! But the rest: testing/no child left behind/etc is terrible. I know your feelings.

Alice said...

I'm hearing some definite frustrations here!! Anything I can do? You have so much to offer these children--hang in there past the negatives!!

Sorry I missed Friday night--how did it go? I need to stop by for a signature in your book sometime or meet you for that FAC!!

Anonymous said...

Like René said, teaching is great!
It's the rest. . .
RudyChG

Michael Collins said...

This is the best comment I've seen on our current education efforts. I don't have to wait for the next big report from the latest chosen foundation. Education should be a joy at times and something to anticipate in general. School is where a lot of it happens. Teaching is an art, like this poem. Thanks for posting Sensei Sedano.