November 15, 2008

Saturday Smile

After being interviewed by the school administration, the teaching prospect said:

Let me see if I've got this right.
  • You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages and instill in them a love for learning.
  • You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride.
  • You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook and apply for a job.
  • You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior and make sure that they all pass the state exams.
  • You want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
  • You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
  • You want me to do all this and then you tell me ... I CAN'T PRAY!?

The Good News is that YOU can pray for teachers and their students, and I encourage you to do just that.