i’m literally coming to the realization that i’m not close to anybody anymore and it sucks
Hey, that’s cool. It’s the perfect opportunity to devote yourself to a craft! Like architecture. Architecture is a good pursuit.
You learn to draw to design.
Learn mathematics to engineer.
Learn to use your hands to build.
Build a house!
Beneath a public building.
Plant traps at all levels to prevent intruders.
Haunt the people who work in the building above you.
Demand a salary.
Scream when people disobey you.
Fall in love.
Drop a chandelier.
Fuck them all.
But not literally.
Go back to your underground lair and furiously masturbate instead.
You want to arm me? Good. Then arm me with a school psychologist at my school who has time to do more than test and sit in meetings about testing.
Arm me with enough counselors so we can build skills to prevent violence, have meaningful discussions with students about their future and not merely frantically adjust student schedules like a Jenga game.
Arm me with social workers who can thoughtfully attend to a student’s and her family’s needs so I. Can. Teach.
Arm me with enough school nurses so that they are accessible to every child and can work as a team with me rather than operate their offices as de facto urgent care centers.
Arm me with more days on the calendar for teaching and learning and fewer days for standardized testing.
Arm me with class sizes that allow my colleagues and I to know both our students and their families well.
Arm my colleagues and I with the time it takes to improve together and the time it takes to give great feedback to students about their work and progress.
Until you arm me to the hilt with what it will take to meet the needs of an increasingly vulnerable student population, I respectfully request you keep your opinions on schools and our safety to yourself, NRA. Knock it off.
Mary Cathryn Ricker, President of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers. (via reverberatingowl)