Before I delve into my teacher work OOTD, I wanted to do a tad bit of writing about being an educator. Teaching is by far the most thankless job in America. Students don’t take learning seriously and their parents don’t bother to enforce true punishments. There is no ownership of responsibility on either the side of the parent or student.
A former coworker, who is actually leaving the field, found this graphic, which truly sums up the lack of accountability parents are held to.
Not only is it frustrating to see parents pass the buck, but it becomes even more upsetting when principals and behavior monitors do the same exact thing. Administrators become removed from the classroom and so easily forget the trials that we teachers face on a daily basis. There is so much emphasis on making sure students aren’t missing any learning opportunities that the disruptive behavior issues are left in class, only to cause 24 other children to miss out on a quality education. As a teacher it is frustrating. As a parent it is appalling.
I could continue but I’m afraid I’d never stop, and ultimately that is not what this blog is for. But sometimes an emotion builds up inside and must be let out. To all the teachers who read this blog for fashion tips, know that I am with you in your struggle. For the parents who understand that “parent” is just a fancy word for “your child’s first teacher,” I too am bearing your burden.
So why dedicate this blog to fashion and beauty and not education? I cannot control children or their parents. Within my four classroom walls, I reign supreme. My expectations are high and the students meet them. But it’s a daily struggle, multiple times each day, to erase behaviors students learned at home or at lunch and replace them with the goodness that is within each child. It’s daunting and it’s tiring to erase that board every day and hope that you can recreate the notes that once were there.
So turning to fashion and my inner creativity allows me full control. I am the overseer of my wardrobe and I am the only person making those choices. And, for once, it’s nice to be in charge.