"We’re learning a lot about this thing called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This war time disease. This combat fatigue diagnosis. And we read something worth sharing. Fact, urban youth are twice as likely to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than soldiers who are coming home from war. So tell me, what’s the difference between homicide in the streets and bloodshed on the battlefields of Iraq. […] The only difference there is between a soldier with PTSD and one of my students with it is that a soldier gets to leave the battlefield, while my kids go home to it."
Ever since getting low scores on my last observation, my morale has been at an all-time low. I’ve been so frustrated and overwhelmed with this stupid improvement plan and just the job in general that I’m losing my fire and passion for what I love to do, TEACH! This evaluation system has succeeded in pushing some of the greatest teachers out. I’m not coming back. And I’ve been told by some great, experienced teachers, “we need more young, bright teachers like you in our schools.” If I worked at a school that supports the kind of view of education described by Paulo Freire and John Dewey; an education that centers around the child and not the standards, I would be happy. I would be exhausted, but I’d be happy because what I teach would be powerful and valuable. I would work hard, but I would find pride and joy in what I do because I would feel respected as a professional. I would also feel safe because I’d be teaching in a supportive environment that sees the bigger picture of a well-rounded education. Until I find that kind of working environment, I will not be returning to teaching after this year.
"Cuerdas" ("Strings") by Pedro Solís García,
Winner of the 2014 Goya for short animation.
Spanish with English Subtitles
A story about friendship between María and a very special new student.
I took the time to translate and subtitle this video so that more people could experience this wonderful work. Enjoy!