I've never in my adult life considered another career, until this week. I promise not to go all political on you, but I have to let some stuff out.
As many of you know, there's been some major political stuff going on in Wisconsin this week. My heart is broken over the discord caused by Wisconsin's new Governor Scott Walker's plan to cut wages/benefits 10% (by mid-April) and axe collective bargaining for teachers (and other professions) in the name of budget repair. I won't get into the details, except to say that I have never felt so disrespected by comments I've seen/heard people make about teachers in general.
Prior to this week, it was easy to toil in this often-thankless position, to sacrifice lunches every day, to work hour after hour on the weekends, to say "Sure." when a student asked if he could stay after school to catch up, to say, "I'd love to!" when asked to join a committee to benefit students. It was easy to "take one" for the proverbial team, when I thought people valued what I do. Now, though, it's really tough to go about the work of shaping young minds, being ridiculously patient, going above and beyond the call of duty, when I know that so many people resent teachers.
I've typed and deleted much more, but I just can't articulate this feeling.
On the bright side, today I attended my first-ever rally, and I was immediately choked up upon arriving--
We have the right to stand up and speak out against our government, without fear for our safety or our lives.
God Bless the U.S.A.