Diane\'s Blog

Visual Arts Teacher, Moved to Teach K

Ms. Ravitch,

I am a teacher in California. I was a visual arts teacher for many years until our district decided to pull the funding and now am teaching kindergarten. I just watched your speech to the AASA National Conference and it brought me to tears. Having someone put into words the frustration and demoralizing feelings we have as teachers in the working in the classroom day in and day out is so encouraging. I am thankful that you are willing to be our voice. I just wish the people making the policy decisions that affect us in the classroom would listen as well. If I thought they were, it would give me some hope that teaching could be what we know it should be. As it is I am not optimistic. Thank you for being willing to express our feelings and concerns.