Watching My Job Balance on the Edge of a Knife
Thursday, March 10, 2005

People always look at teachers and think "Oh, they've got it so good. Three months off in the summer, their days are usually over by 3pm, etc, etc." What most people don't see is the incredible stress that most of go through at this time of year.

For some reason, Californians have stopped giving a crap about education. Budgets have been getting smaller and smaller for years. I've been lucky enough to get into a district that saw this coming and started saving early. But now we got down to a point where we needed to pass a parcel tax in order to keep things at the status quo. It wasn't big; just an extra $140 per year for the next five years.

It didn't pass. Almost...60% of the vote when we needed 67%, but the fact is we're not getting the money and the district is now looking at cutting 58 teachers districtwide. By all my estimations, I just might miss the cut...but so barely will it be that I will now be the bottom of the totem pole. But hey, if I make it to next year, I'll at least be tenured.

All I care about now is making it to next year. For more of a rant, see my other blog at http://norcalriviera.blogspot.com



Friday, March 11, 2005 3:19 AM


As someone who desperately wants to be a teacher (time and family constrictions on educatoin notwithstanding) all I can say is there is no occupation nobler, in my mind. People say there are nobler...doctors, lawyers (?), military. The very uncomplicated and simple truth that seems to escape the government is that none of us...not one would have amounted to anything without the educations that someone gave us. All I can really say is how sorry I am that this is happening to you, and how grateful I am for what you do. Please take heart...It can't go on forever.

Thursday, March 10, 2005 10:03 AM


Well, don't worry about me losing faith. I'm not that down. I am here for the students, not for the politics or any of that crap. We hopefully should find out by tomorrow morning where the cuts will be.

Thursday, March 10, 2005 10:01 AM


Faith in the education system- not possible (or at the very least, painful to keep up). Faith in the children, and in the need for us to do what we do- what keeps me (and I hope you) going. I know exactly where you're coming from, and I hope you keep your job- it sounds like you are exactly what is needed up there (or down here, come to think about it).

Thursday, March 10, 2005 9:59 AM


Good luck. It's like that 'round here too. Teachers all over the state are concerned about their jobs. There just isn't the funding. No one ever votes for the taxes and then they complain that their kid is sitting in a room with 43 other kids sharing three books.

God bless the teachers!

Thursday, March 10, 2005 9:33 AM


Oh man, my mom-in-law is a teacher, and like hell her job ends at 3. She's usually up 'til all hours of the night grading papers.

Please don't give up. The world needs teachers who care. Do you remember in Jr high or high school that one teacher who was teaching because he/she cared? Don't deprive the kids at your school of that teacher if it can be you. Everyone deserves "that teacher". Mine was a teacher who had a masters in electrical engineering yet taught jr high algebra.
Okay, I'm off my saop box now. I hope you didn't think i was getting on to you. I just don't want to see you lose faith in the education system.


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