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As a 1st grade teacher with 28 students, I can empathize with the parents concerns;
however, we have been forced to become managers rather than teachers. The class is too large, there is little room to move around, the students must be kept working at all times in order to maintain control, and most of the work is repetitive and boring for them.
We do our best with what we have to work with. It is a challenge just to get up and go to work every day. This is my second year as a teacher which is long enough for me to see this is not my career of choice. I have creative and artistic talent that I cannot use and I am becoming desensitized to this job. I love working with children and I am sad to see how they are also being neglected by the system. I have just completed my online application for the Peace Corps.