Advocacy in Education

Helping students navigate the terrain of education is a daunting task; one that is often thwarted by budgetary constraints and lack of resources.  However, teaching is a profession that allows one the opportunity to affect positive long-term changes in how education is viewed.  Burn out is real, for students and teachers.  So, how can we encourage a love for learning and advocating when our challenges and limitations weigh us down? A recent review of a seemingly benign post on a writer’s website revealed that feelings run deep regarding how to balance responsibilities.  “MOMMY cartoon grammar post” brought up so much more than the “grammar” issue.  It identified a social change in how we view and perceive “Mother’s Day” or “Mothers’ Day” as identified in the cartoon.  The expectations of how a teacher reacts to this modern-day reality not only confronts grammar concerns, but also the mental health and wellness of students in a classroom.  One individual indicated that there is no way a teacher can possibly take into account all the feelings of each child all day long.  Instead of criticizing this point of view, I’d rather acknowledge what I have known for quite some time.  It is one of the reasons I removed all three of my children from public school this year and now have them meeting with a tutor to get us through the school year.  The emotional and mental health needs of students are being ignored and mislabeled as behavioral issues or drama.  Teachers are spread thin and often with limited resources.    The stress placed upon teachers trickles down to the students, who end up absorbing the negative energy like an over saturated sponge.  I want to dedicate some of my advocacy posts toward sharing what others are dealing with, whether a student, a teacher, or a parent.  It is only through dialogue and communication that we can begin to understand the tremendous impact this has on our society.  Please take a moment to share your concerns about the current state of public education.

“Mommy Grammar Cartoon”


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