North Carolina: First in Pavement, Last in Education

North Carolina, First in Pavement, Last in Education

That was the bumper sticker I loved in college, as an young whipper-snapper who dreamed of being a teacher of disenfranchised students. I left NC to pursue that dream because teachers in NC were treated like dirt IN 1997! Every time I dream of going back home, when folks tell me, “You can teach anywhere!”, I know I cannot teach in NC. Teachers are still treated like dirt.

Let me say, that today teachers are treated like dirt most places, but some places are worse than others. NC is one of those worse than others places.

Preach, sista. Some of us have your back.

Diane Ravitch's blog

A letter from a disgusted teacher:


Kris L. Nielsen
Monroe, NC 28110

Union County Public Schools
Human Resources Department
400 North Church Street
Monroe, NC 28112

October 25, 2012

To All it May Concern:

I’m doing something I thought I would never do—something that will make me a statistic and a caricature of the times. Some will support me, some will shake their heads and smirk condescendingly—and others will try to convince me that I’m part of the problem. Perhaps they’re right, but I don’t think so. All I know is that I’ve hit a wall, and in order to preserve my sanity, my family, and the forward movement of our lives, I have no other choice.

Before I go too much into my choice, I must say that I have the advantages and disadvantages of differentiated experience under my belt. I have seen the other side, where…

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