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I'm not sure this belongs in this forum but it does have a message that needs to be seen.

> > Subject: THE TEACHER

> >

> >

> > > This is by far the BEST EVER message I have seen regarding

> > > our education system. It hits the nail exactly on the

> > > head!!!

> > >

> > >

> > > After being interviewed by the school administration, the

> > > eager teaching prospect said: "Let me see if I've got this

> > > right. You want me to go into that room with all those

> > > kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for

> > > learning. And I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in

> > > their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe

> > > them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt

> > > messages and dress habits.

> > >

> > > You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted

> > > diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass

> > > destruction, and raise their self esteem You want me to

> > > teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship,

> > > fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a

> > > checkbook, and how to apply for a job. I am to check their

> > > heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize

> > > signs of antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters

> > > of recommendation for student employment and scholarships,

> > > encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and

> > > oh, make sure that I give the girls in my class fifty

> > > percent of my attention.

> > >

> > > My contract requires me to work on my own time after

> > > school, evenings and weekends grading papers. Also, I must

> > > spend my summer vacation at my own expense working toward

> > > advance certification and a Masters degree.

> > >

> > > And on my own time you want me to attend committee and

> > > faculty meetings, PTA meetings, and participate in staff

> > > development training.

> > >

> > > I am to be a paragon of virtue, larger than life, such that

> > > my very presence will awe my students into being obedient

> > > and respectful of authority.

> > >

> > > And I am to pledge allegiance to family values and this

> > > current administration.

> > > You want me to incorporate technology into the learning

> > > experience, monitor web sites, and relate personally with

> > > each student. That includes deciding who might be

> > > potentially dangerous and/or liable to commit a crime in

> > > school. I am to make sure all students pass the mandatory

> > > state exams, even those who don't come to school regularly

> > > or complete any of their assignments.

> > >

> > > Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with

> > > handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent

> > > of their mental or physical handicap.

> > >

> > > And I am to communicate regularly with the parents by

> > > letter, telephone, newsletter and report card.

> > >

> > > All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a

> > > computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile AND on

> > > a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps!

> > > You want me to do all of this and

> > > yet you expect me..... . . . . NOT TO PRAY?

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