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Our School Climate…


When I first began teaching so many years ago; each day was such a joy… I and so many of my fellow colleagues shared such feelings of support and collaboration.. Most of us felt that we were in teaching because of a passion to teach and inspire children…It was during a time to be creative and unique…Each of us blended into a faculty that was truly caring for the needs of others…

Today’s teacher is so overwhelmed…We feel such a frustration…We may want to support and collaborate, however when we are graded and compared, it does influence a closed attitude; we know that we will be judged and graded… Some of our colleagues feel threatened and thus even lead to the need for competition…
These unattainable rigors and demands of today’s teacher has sadly affected the climate within the heart of a school…


Retired elementary public school teacher; all thirty-eight years in Florida... Now spending my time advocating for our children, and their right to strong public school education...With an appreciation for the arts and the beauty in each day…

4 thoughts on “Our School Climate…

  1. Love the cartoon Janis. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so close to real life. As I see it from your perspective, that is.
    I think it’s not just teachers who are fed up though. I’ve been thinking, the last few days, what would life be like if money was taken out of the equation; if everything was ‘free’. Of course the idea is ridiculous, but is it? Teachers would still work, but without the worry of funding. A free car, house? No, new ones would be in common ownership. Governments not paid salaries, so they’d do the job out of passion.
    Any road up, I know it’s an idea that’ll never catch on. What would bankers do!
    Lots love, me.


    1. Dearest Andrew… Always look forward to your comment..Yes, I too feel our Public Education got sabotaged by greed and private interests….These changes took place in 80’s & has continued to our present…It is truly out of control…Our children and their future, I feel are losing out on so much…Always,Janis


  2. Janis, thank you kindly for liking my blog I feel your observations are true and tragic. I also know that all the characteristics you listed in your first paragraph and needed outside of the classroom too; within our families, among our friends, in our communities. I’m grateful for all that you do for others, including me 🙂


    1. Thank you so much…Yes, I feel family is where it all begins for our children…There are many children who have families surviving….It does take a “village” to help…Janis


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