Screen shot 2011-05-02 at 10.42.53 AMA California public school teacher has written an open letter combatting what she believes are negative and false perceptions about American teachers propagated by politicians. The letter, which first appeared on Education Week, has clearly struck a chord with educators, as teachers are reposting it and discussing it on personal and education blogs.
Angela Beeley, a 10th grade English teacher for nearly 20 years, writes that she is a teacher and union member, but "contrary to popular political rhetoric at play in Wisconsin and elsewhere, I am not ... a leech on society, nor am I a lazy incompetent who shows up to collect a paycheck, not caring whether my students learn." She quotes the deranged anchor Howard Beale from the iconic movie Network: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
Here's an excerpt from her letter, which you can read in full on Education Week (subscription required):Read More »from Teacher ‘mad as hell’ over political rhetoric