We need to open our eyes. As a lifetime citizen of Cobb County and the parent of two Cobb teachers, I am amazed at the lack of resources available to the teachers and therefore the students.
My daughter has not had math books related to the new Common Core standards all year. She and her fellow teachers have had to pull and glean their own resources to accomplish the task set before them.
I am aware this was considered a transitional year, but this is hands-down unacceptable to ask anyone to teach anything without proper resources. I would just write this off to a bad year, but when my son began teaching at Hillgrove High several years ago there was not even a curriculum for the business classes he was asked to teach. He and I purchased the resources he used for two years to teach our students.
I am very pro-public school and very pro-teacher, as you can imagine. I applaud the “white boards” and laptops. My daughter uses them very effectively in her classroom. The students of today respond to that type of technology. But we need to give our teachers every resource available to assist them in doing what they (and their families) have worked, studied and paid for — the art of teaching!
My children love their profession. I am an RN. I do my job because of the love and desire to care for people in crisis. My children do it for the love of their students. Their faces reflect it as they speak of their students with whom they spend most of their lives each day.
They have cried over their failures. Rejoiced at their successes. They are their children.
I ask you in this hard economic time not to spend one more dime on team building, paying for outside consultants to tell you what you already know. Let’s give teachers the resources to do their job. A safe environment in which to do it.
I spoke with someone at the county office who flatly told me everyone has all the books and resources they need. And it just is not so! I think most Cobb citizens would be shocked.
We need to begin to discuss this problem and find a solution as quick as possible. Our children deserve it!