Imagine


Imagine that you are fresh out of college, a top student in your field. You take a job in sales, training and management dealing with 7 different divisions and managing the production of 30 similar but unique units. Your assembly line is plagued by inconsistency of raw materials, subject to problems caused by weather and other outside forces and often times is staffed with workers that are absent, drugged, sleep deprived, or simply unmotivated. You also suffer from a high turnover rate in your employees. The union is powerful and all disciplinary actions have to be referred to higher management or deferred to another time. Many workers are protected from any action due to the specialized situations. All of the variables come together into a nearly unsolvable Gordian knot of high complexity that you must solve to reach federally established  production goals. All of this, mind you, under a controlling and unforgiving supervisor who checks your work and your methods constantly. Imagine, “Is this job really worth it?” then imagine you are a teacher.

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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