We all want it, most of us have earned it. Yet, there are many who believe that educators do not deserve it. There are others who think parents do not deserve it. Worse, there are many who think students do not deserve it.
Let’s face it, the success or failure of our system depends primarily on our students’ performance on whatever assessments they are given. As an educator, I have always tried to have a sincere respect for my students and their parents. Were there some who made that difficult? Absolutely. However, often, there were mitigating circumstances that gave me a better insight to what the source of that difficulty. Eventually, I would win most of those over. How? Respect.
This needs to go both ways. Our educators deserve that same consideration. They shouldn’t have to worry about how to make ends meet. They shouldn’t have to worry about healthcare or retirement. They shouldn’t have to worry if their supervisor will harass them over some issue or another. If all shareholders respected each other equally, communication would improve, performance would improve and educator, student and parent moral would improve.
As Aretha sung “I ain’t gonna do you wrong while you’re gone. Ain’t gonna do you wrong ’cause I don’t wanna. All I’m askin’ is for a little respect…”