discouraged past participle, past tense of dis·cour·age (Verb)
I know this is not normally the nature of our posts here at The Write Teacher, but, I feel as though this needs to be addressed. I recently heard about two colleagues of mine who are going to be excessed. It’s a polite way of saying “laid off”. These individuals have been teachers for the past two years. These individuals are EXCELLENT teachers. These individuals are getting the shaft, yet again. These individuals are not alone.
While all of us here at The Write Teacher are certified, educated teachers, many of us do the juggling act when it comes to employment. We are substitutes, we are “teaching assistants”, we are teacher aides, we are para-professionals, we are tutors, and we are part-time teachers. We WORK full-time for school districts, and yet, we do not get health insurance. Many of us pay for it on our own…which, needless to say, is not cheap. And, with the paychecks that we DO receive, well, we don’t exactly come out on top.
Our health insurance premiums are now going up…AGAIN. And yet our paychecks are frozen, our contracts are frozen, and it seems as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
We are discouraged, to say the least.
We are constantly keeping our heads above water, and I fear for the day when our legs get tired of treading…
To all of my “write” teachers out there-keep your head up! You’re not alone.
Live, Love, Learn,
The Write Teacher