The toxic brew called “reform” is ruining public education. But this should not be surprising. This is the intent of the reformers.

They never will say so in their public statements. They will say they want “great teachers.” But they demonize and demoralize the teachers we have now.

What plans do they offer to replenish the teaching profession after they have driven away so many who are dedicated to teaching?

Magic. Out of nowhere, these “great” teachers will appear, teach for a few years and disappear.

Let’s face it. We are confronting a major crisis in education. It’s not because our schools are failing. They are not.

The crisis is caused by the constant attacks on public education and those who teach in public schools, by the effort to micromanage everything that teachers do and turn their work into data that can be used to evaluate them.

This terrible scourge that calls itself “reform” will one day be vanquished.

It must be. And it will be because it is destructive and anti-educational at its core.

This will probably be my last year in the classroom as well. I have going on 20 years, but enough is enough. The addition of more and more “testing each year. The “common core”, which might not be so bad, but the administrators have so grossly misinterpreted what the intent is that that no one can believe it – we have been told that all fiction must be abandoned! that is not REMOTELY what the standards say! More and more money being spent on computers and tech toys, and then we are told again, “sorry – no money for teachers. You’ll have to do more with less.” The school board as rubber-stamp for the admin. Voters rejecting millage increases – TINY increases, which would be used to add desperately needed classrooms – year after year. The new “evaluation” system being imposed upon teachers beginning in 2014-2015 school year is an abomination, insulting, demoralizing – I could go on, but we all know.

I have had enough. I did not earn 4 degrees, including the PhD., multiple certifications, and embark on NBCT certification to be treated like crap. I used to be an engineer. I can go back to that world, get more money for less work, and I can even take a bathroom break if I want or need to. The deformers want the schools – fine. Take’em. And when everything implodes, in about 3 years time, who will they blame then? Not me.