High School Teacher: My Profession No Longer Exists

After more then 27 years Jerry Conti retired from his a job as a history teacher at the Westhill Highschool in New York.  His parting remarks and retirement letter  pointed out the inadequacies of our school systems.

Jerri argues that standardized testing has completely changed the teaching profession.  Teachers have been given less and less freedom over there lesson plans.  There time is now dedicated to assessments and testing.  What is more startling is his bold statement that legislators  “failed us by selling children out to private industries such as Pearson Education”.

This man’s letter has remained with me since I have read it.  I know what he is saying is true and I feel a sense of panic.  Our children are sitting in a classroom that is riddled with assessments and standarized tests.  Science, art, social studies, and recess are being pushed to the side.   Now our children are being drilled on answers that will help them with testing.  The people who are now in charge of my children’s curriculum are clueless about teaching.    What has happend with the concept that children are suppose to enjoy school?  It is a concept that is gone, pounded out by hours of drilling the same things over and over.

Creativity is quickly disappearing.  If our teachers cannot be creative how will our children become creative?  I do my best to instill creative thinking in my son, but I always felt it was so much more powerful with both myself and his teacher  working together.

What will happen when our children lose their creativity?

Teaching Profession ‘No Longer Exists’



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3 replies

  1. I agree that there is too much focus in school for standardized tests. Rather than learning about whatever they want to learn about a subject, the student is forced to comply with the standards set. The best solution I would suggest is to try and encourage your child to explore beyond what is taught in class. My father did the same with me, so I’m well versed in a variety of subjects beyond what is taught in school. He emphasized learning for your own sake rather than learning because of the tests. I feel as if i were a better student than those who only complied with the standards given.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. My friend and I, both former Early Childhood teachers turned stay at home moms, have been saying that for years. The way schools function now is counterproductive and completely contradicts everything we learned about how children learn. I was going to go back to college and finish my elementary teaching degree and was actually heavily discouraged by every teacher I talked to at all grade levels. I decided to not go back to school and to continue doing my best with my own children and eventually my grandchildren. Some small progress may be being made, but not fast enough. Here in Indiana, we kicked our DOE superintendent to the curb in the last election because we didn’t like where he was taking our schools and replaced him with an actual teacher. Now we can just cross our fingers.

    • That is amazing that you were able to accomplish that. I wish you good luck. There should be more educators in the role of administrators. Hopefully, they will be able to make some positive changes.

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