Teachers please don’t plan on taking a teaching job unless you can commit to the full year.
I get it unexpected things can happen and sometimes you have no control over having to leave or take an absence. I am not talking about those moments. I am talking about the teacher who is actively trying to get another job while teaching. The teacher who is well aware they will be having a baby and take a 3 month absence during the school year.
I get you want to be promoted, change locations, or be a mom. These are all great goals to have but as a mom who has seen my son struggle more than he needs to I feel these have to stop.
All kids need structure, all kids need a routine, and all kids need a teacher they can count on to be there all year. A sub on occasion is not a bad thing and just fine but we are talking about changing teachers, dealing with subs for more than a month waiting to find that replacement teacher.
My son’s first year of kindergarten his teacher left teaching to be a Vice Principal. He had a substitute for almost 2 months and then another different teacher to finish the school year. ALL of the kids struggled with this so imagine the child dealing with other delays and learning disabilities on top of that.
So what did we do? We made the VERY hard choice to have him do kindergarten again. Hoping he could have a chance to not be so behind all of his classmates. Only to find out his teacher was pregnant and would have a substitute for 3 months in the middle of the year.
I wish I would have at least been told before the school year started but more than that I wish some planning or just deciding to not be a full time teacher that year could have happened.
You need money and a career but my child needs a good education so one day he can grow up and be a well educated man and have a career.
I was in 9th grade and in my math class my teacher transferred to a different school. The rest of the year (probably a good 6 months) we had a substitute and we just goofed off in that class. You can blame me a kid or you can blame the school system for dropping the ball. Since then I have struggled in math, that once was my favorite subject, because I was behind and confused working twice as hard to keep up.
One year may not seem like much but it can make all the difference. It can shake a foundation or as a kindergarten teacher it can stop that strong foundation from even being built properly.
I shouldn't have to ask if my child’s teacher is planning on being committed and present throughout the whole school year.
I love teachers and I think what they do is amazing and
important, that is why I know a sub can never replace them.
That is why I want them there all year.
For those who say this is ridiculous and offensive:
To expect me as a parent to not want a teacher that is there
all year is ridiculous and offensive.