After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect said, "Let me see if I've got this right."
* You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning.
* And I\'m supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify
their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even
censor their t-shirt messages and dress habits.
* You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self esteem.
* You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.
* I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment,
recognize signs of anti-social behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and oh, make sure that I give the girls in my class fifty
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* My contract requires me to work on my own time after school, evenings and weekends grading papers.
* Also, I must spend my summer vacation, at my own expense, working toward advance certification and a Masters degree.
* And on my own time you want me to attend committee and faculty meetings, PTA meetings, and participate in staff development training.
* I am to be a paragon of virtue, larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority.
* You want me to incorporate technology into the learning experience, monitor web sites, and relate personally with each student. That includes deciding who might be potentially dangerous and/or liable to commit a crime in school.
* I am to make sure all students pass the mandatory state exams, even those who don\'t come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments.
* Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an
equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical
* And I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card.
* All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few
books, a bulletin board, a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps!
You want me to do all of this and yet you expect me... NOT TO PRAY!!