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Re: “Seeds of Discontent

Guerrero is an asset to the community. What he is doing benefits the environment and teaches real life skills to kids. Function, education and sustainability are admirable goals. So what if he has a vegetable garden in his front yard? Plants don't have to be flowers to be beautiful. I have my raised vegetable beds (made from cedar planks rescued from the curb) in my front yard and I'm about to start worm composting and beekeeping as well. I'd hope code enforcement would go after the owners of the abandoned property two doors down from me and the occupied (!) property directly next to me with three foot high poison ivy in the front yard before they even think about addressing or lodging a complaint about my yard. -- AFD in VECA

Posted by Educator on 09/24/2011 at 1:00 PM

Re: “City Council and School Board at War

@ TMAHERJR: There is no teacher's union. There hasn't been one in that sense in a very long time. MEA is not a union; they're just a middleman with very little, if any clout. Many teachers pay the exorbitant membership fee out of concern over liability should a parent become litigious for some reason. What most don't know (and MEA doesn't clue you in) is the same personal liability insurance can be added to ones homeowners insurance for less than $20/year. As to the current mess, it saddens me that every year starts with the same argument about money, the same layoffs and cuts (In addition to the teacher firings, they also just downsized and upcharged MCS employees' health coverage beginning Aug 1.) The ones who suffer are the employees and the children, and trust me, those funds don't trickle down to benefit those who are caught in the middle; not in a way that is tangible. I've been saying that being employed by the public school system as an educator (or in any non-admin capacity really) is like being in an abusive relationship: Teachers enter into the relationship with their career full of good intentions and starry-eyed idealism. Despite what some may think, it's not for the summers off, and it's definitely not for the money. They then sacrifice and suffer, are treated disrespectfully and shat on, lose their dignity and self-worth from a feeling of no power over their abuser or situation, and wonder every day what will become of them. Yet they stay in the relationship for the sake of the children, hoping against all odds that one day everything will change. I am a highly-qualified teacher for MCS. I hold two Masters degrees in my field. I hate the system; I despise what's become of education in our country. Memphis' woes are only a part of the national trend. It's all about money and our children are seen only as numbers by the corporate thinktanks who receive a gigantic portion of federal funding to reinvent a wheel so broken it's running on its rim. That said, I love what I do. I love having a real purpose in life. I do still feel like I make a small difference. I love my school and my colleagues, and most of all I love my students. No matter what is done to me, those kids need me and other teachers like me. It's hard sometimes, but I try to never forget that they are why I went into teaching and why I'm still there. -- MCS Teacher who must remain anonymous

Posted by Educator on 07/20/2011 at 5:54 PM
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