Breaking the Silence: My Final Forty Days as a Public School Teacher
This was one of my favorite books I have ever read. I bought it on Amazon for my Nook and found myself “highlighting” so many things she said because it resonates so true. The education system is corrupt in so many ways, and I have witnessed this corruption first hand a number of times. I too left the teaching world because my morale was at it’s worst after dealing with so many power hungry administrators.
I know some people think she was weak for leaving her students, but that’s what is the most heartbreaking. Teachers have souls and are humans, not robots. If something hurts us we get upset. If something is funny, we laugh. Basically, we feel. Sometimes the pain and hurt teachers are dealt is too much, and despite the fact we love our students, we need to take care of ourselves first.
It breaks my heart that people think she should have stayed in a soul sucking job where she was undermined and thrown under the bus. She deserves to be happy and sometimes “fighting the system” only makes things worse. This book was so truthful and I was shaking with anger to find that someone else had endured such poor treatment as a teacher. Sadly, I don’t think things will ever change. We expect so much from teachers, but respect them so little.