Become a Teacher for a Day

Teacher bashing seems to be at an all time high and it’s hard not to take it personally. Teachers have always been devalued in the United States, but in the past years the pace and intensity of the attacks have escalated sharply. Teaching is one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my life and I think most of my teaching colleagues will agree. Policymakers,pundits and politicians continue to weigh in on a profession they know very little about. Most don't think that they can do a better job than a lawyer or doctor, so why do so many people think they can do the job of an educator? My goal is invite politicians, business leaders and those from other professions to spend time in the classroom and become teachers for a day. Our current Principal of the Day states the following: Principal for a Day (PFAD) allows businesses and organizations the opportunity to visit a school and shadow the principal to increase public awareness of the accomplishments and challenges at CPS. So I'm looking to get enough support to replace Principal for a Day with Teacher for a Day. Thanks for your support!

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    Liz Middendorf, United States

    2 years ago Comments: When participating in Principal for a day, participants leave the school feeling like, "what's the big deal about working in a school. I could walk around and watch people teacher all day." It is a very different thing than standing in front of 35 students (yes classes are large) and getting them all to learn something. Not just anyone can do that.
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    Ralph Hale, United States

    2 years ago Comments: In support of your effort.
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    Sara Whalin, United States

    2 years ago Comments: -
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