Stay out of politics? These educators don’t think so!

The Clay County Education Association in Florida recently spotted a comment on its Facebook page suggesting that educators should “stay focused on teaching our children and leave the politics out of it.” This was their response:

Ok.

We can do that.

We can teach your children – in classes of 40+ students because no one is out there fighting the politicians to follow the class size amendment that Florida voters approved TWICE. Politicians have added so many loopholes that the amendment is practically meaningless. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – in the few spare moments we will have between all the computerized, high-stakes testing that is mandated by politicians. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – but without music, art, recess, or any other resource classes that will be cut due to lack of funding from the politicians that determine our budget and demand increased emphasis on cookie-cutter accountability via easy-to-grade multiple choice tests. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – and then go to our second and third jobs because no one is negotiating with politicians for our wages and benefits. We’ll be tired. We’ll sacrifice time with our own families. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – with outdated materials that don’t meet the needs of our 21st century learners due to a lack of funding from politicians. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – with shiny, new resources that don’t work on the ground level because the textbook and testing companies that lobby politicians to get lucrative contracts don’t have input from the teachers who will be using these materials in their classrooms every day. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – in dilapidated facilities where mold and poor air quality are just par for the course due to a lack of funding from politicians. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

We can teach your children – with lessons based on standards that are not age-appropriate because no one will push back against politicians who demand a “college and career ready” program of study… in kindergarten. It won’t be what is best for children, but we can do that.

If you could just let us know who will pick up the mantle and fight these battles for your children, we will happily “just teach”.

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