I have a very intelligent former student who attends an excellent university who decided that she felt the calling to be an elementary school teacher and is now questioning her choice. Why would anyone want to commit their souls and lives to a career which is harangued every day in the press; which is blamed for most of society's ills, whose path is controlled by people whose knowledge of public education is that they once were a student (and perhaps just at a private school); whose curriculum is chosen for memorization of facts instead of true understanding without teacher input; which judges the worth of a teacher by a high stakes test; whose partisan enemies seem to be on the path to close down public schools and give all the tax money to for-profit entities to add to their pockets; whose "reform" measures put into place by lawmakers is understood by teachers as being harmful to children and teachers.
Why would anyone consider becoming a public school teacher in this public environment that wretches the soul from these dedicated professionals?
Children. Precious children. Children whose eyes sparkled at new discoveries. Children whose lives are brighten by a smile and a hug. Children who crave discussion without judgement. Children who are hungry to know more. Children whose joy spreads into learning for all. Children whose potential is on the cusp of blooming. Children.
Teaching is the most noble of professions. It has as its base people who see the future in eyes of children and are dedicated to make that future as successful as possible, with their knowledge, their waking and sleeping time and their hearts.
I know great teachers. I know their stories of joy and frustration. I know their dedication to children. I know that there are few ineffective teachers, but that is an administrative issue because they have the means to help or even get rid of them. 99% of the teachers I have known in my 39 years of being involved in public education all around Oklahoma are heroes in the classroom.
Children need great teachers. Children need public schools. Our state's future needs public schools. Our country needs public schools. THIS is the mail reason I am running for HD 76. I want students to regard a career in public education to be an excellent prospect because public schools are respected as the base of this democracy and are adequately funded as a reflection of that respect.
Why do I care?
- Glenda K. Puett
- Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States
- I have worked with children and in public schools for 41 years. I taught elementary school in Mid-Del PS, Norman PS, Watonga PS, Cleveland and Tulsa Union PS. I am committed to do everything I can do to help every child in OK to have an excellent public school education. I am also committed to the common good of the people of Oklahoma