Teacher Explains Why She Quit Her Job, And It Becomes A Very Hot Topic (12 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       25 Jun 2019       5343       7

Jessica Gentry, a former kindergarten teacher, said she loves children, but that wasn’t enough for her to stay in the job she’s had for the last 12 years

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“There were a few major events that spurred my departure. I hold teaching in such high regard that watching my most recent administration laugh about students with disabilities, state that we ‘shouldn’t lose sleep over’ struggling students, say that she [a school administrator] ‘washed her hands of this year’ in April was disheartening to say the least,” Gentry told Good Morning America.

Speaking to WHSV, Michael Richards, the Superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools, made the following statement:

“I would take issue with the notion that teachers are leaving the profession “like their hair’s on fire.” Ms. Gentry may have her own reasons for making that assertion. Teaching is the noblest profession in the world, and the vast majority of teachers are dedicated to the vital work of empowering the next generation. Teaching is definitely a very challenging profession, and it is not for everyone. It requires longer hours than most people believe it does, and it presents multifaceted challenges that blend social and intellectual skills. Some of Ms Gentry’s concerns are entirely valid. For instance, it is imperative that we provide teachers with adequate planning and collaboration time and that we do not pull them away from instructional time. It is imperative that we help students develop strong social skills, especially as society turns increasingly toward device-driven communication. At the same time, we need to empower students to use technology to enrich their learning and develop real-world skills. It is important that we support teachers in developing productive partnerships with parents. Many of Ms. Gentry’s concerns have been squarely on my radar for some time. I have plans to address these and other concerns here in Harrisonburg, where I started as superintendent only a month ago. Too often teachers feel that no one really understands their concerns and that solutions are imposed on them. I plan to partner with teachers so that I am aware of their concerns and they have a voice in the solutions.”

 

Jessica’s post has already received over 263K reactions

“There is an enormous amount of educators who feel that exact way but have felt alone and guilty for thinking so,” she said. ” I never expected it to reach farther than a few friends — but I am so humbled to be able to throw the curtains open on the issue and give those who feel unable to say it a voice.”

She hopes that her post can start some kind of change.

“I’d love nothing more than to do work with those willing to listen to change the current path our public education system is headed down. I promised my coworkers when I left that I’d be the voice for them since so many fear being reprimanded for speaking up,” she said.

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House 11 month s ago
I'd hit it...just to show her my support, of course!
       
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Yo_Joe 11 month s ago
Great woman, with passion.
I'm interested dirol
       
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Legs 11 month s ago
"...There is an enormous amount of educators..." Are kidding me? She's a teacher, and that's how she writes/speaks? I'm not a prescriptivist; but that grammar would get a person flunked in junior high school. In casual conversation, I wouldn't care. But she's making a case for what a dedicated teacher she is, and that's how poorly she speaks her own language? Maybe it's better she moves on. There are probably kids in her classes with better grammar. It wouldn't be the first time.
       
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Delicious 11 month s ago
About the comments from the administrator . . . he went to college to become a teacher and when he became a teacher, he discovered he wasn't good at it and he found it very uncomfortable so he became an administrator. The people who are really good at teaching NEVER become administrators.
       
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CookieDevourer 11 month s ago
I have 10 years younger brother and I can confirm what she says.
A lot of parents these days treat school as a "free from kid time"
When I was in high school during parent-teacher meetings we were sitting quiet and listening to what teacher had to say/suggest and it was instantly implemented in class and home.
I was twice in my brothers school because neither our dad or mom could go and the picture I saw terrified me. Teacher was sitting with head down trying to answer barrage of stupid questions or attacks coming from parents who think their child is some kind of special flower
Today's kids are [email protected]#$$%d up because their parents are even more [email protected]#$$%d up
       
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Everyday 11 month s ago
At least she's honest...
       
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Party 11 month s ago
classic blame the parents mentality...I'm not saying she's wrong, but i will say how long have you been teaching? 2 or 3 years? just a millennial who couldn't hack it.
       
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