I get frustrated looking at news headlines related to education.
While I understand that headlines have to be to-the-point, I often feel like they either distort or distract from the real issues at play.
The teacher shortage is not some act of nature outside our control, like droughts or corn fungus. In reality, it’s a very appropriate consequence for public leadership ignoring teachers. I’d write this headline:
“Fallout Worsens for Indiana’s Refusal to Improve Conditions for Teachers”
1. “Teachers in El Paso Are 2% Thrilled About Getting Thrown Scraps”
2. “District Does Absolutely Nothing About Hate Crimes Against Teachers”
I don’t know if restorative justice circles are going to cut it with a kid who writes this apology note.
3. “Florida Finds Yet Another Way to Avoid Paying Teachers a Living Wage”
Instead of this, could you just pay them more?
4. “No One On Killeen School Board Has Ever Been Or Known a Teacher”
What do you think we’re doing? Playing Tetris?
5. “Florida Doing the Most to Avoid Actually Listening to Teachers”
Maybe instead of making it easier to become a teacher you should focus on making it easier to remain a teacher.
6. “Pennsylvania DOE Creating Paraprofessional Deficit in Attempt to Address Special Ed Teacher Deficit”
7. “Fairfax County Finally Admits Technology Department Is Headed By Disney Villain”
“Teachers received an email appearing to be from the school system and offering ‘gift cards to our employees as a thank you for another successful school year.'” Tell me you hate teachers without telling me you hate teachers.
8. “Teacher Earns Completely Appropriate Consequence for Putting Politics Above Trans Students’ Humanity”
9. “Public School Teachers in Houston Don’t Make Enough to Support a Family Let Alone Build Generational Wealth”
Do I condone squatting? No. But I also don’t condone paying teachers in Texas a salary that puts a family of four near the poverty line.
Listen. I’m not actually putting the writers of these articles on blast. Most of the headlines are doing exactly what they’re supposed to: summarizing a story. I just think there are other stories in each of these articles we should be paying attention to, too.