Dear Teachers, A Note From Greg Beeler, A Parent
Written By: Robyn Shulman, with guest, Greg Beeler.
If you happened to miss a very interesting post, “Dear Teachers,” written by Greg Beeler of Guydelines, please read below and share your thoughts. Greg is a parent who writes about life, love, and different things that happen to him in everyday life (mostly his personal life). I caught his post on Facebook and found it interesting. Please note, Greg wrote this post after the tragedy in Newtown, thus the referral to the arms debate. His message is not solely focused on the debate, as it is a testament to the many responsibilities teachers have every day, the expectations, and the changes in the roles of parenting. A teacher’s plate is so full already; do we now add arms to the list of responsibilities? This is a question many have found themselves discussing at dinner, in schools, and around town. I found many different messages in this post.
Greg conveys the understanding that effective teachers do so much more than teach information. Many times per day, effective teachers are social workers, coaches, breakfast and lunch providers, parents, guidance counselors, personal tutors, writers, editors, and actors. Many teachers juggle all of these tasks with grace and dignity, and in heart and mind, they want all students to succeed, grow, learn, and most importantly, be safe. An effective teacher is the epitome of the perfect multitasker.
Greg relays an uncommonly heard unique appreciation, as he provides a message many educators do not hear during the course of their careers. He distinctly communicates how the classroom teacher’s job is not from 8-3, but rather, a never-ending journey filled with hundreds of different responsibilities that go on and on, before school, during school, after school, on the weekends, and yes, even during the summer.
Another issue brought to light is the role of the parent. To clarify, one cannot assume all parents feel this way or expect these responsibilities from their child’s teacher. I believe the tasks mentioned, from a holistic view, are part of the teacher’s role, some are political, and many times teachers are left holding parental responsibilities (again, not all, but some).
Greg’s post received over 100,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, and has been translated into 7 different languages.
Greg gave me permission to share his work verbatim, and you can subscribe to his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/guydelines
Please note, he does not always write about education, as he covers various topics.
Please come to work early so I can drop my kids off on my way to Starbucks. Please feed them breakfast while they’re there. Make sure it’s healthier than what I offer at home. Also, teach them math & science since we rarely practice those in our house. But, also teach the moral & religious beliefs that they see me not follow. I want you to reward their successes & recognize each child’s abilities. But, make sure they all feel like winners & that no one feels left out. Be on the watch for bullies or troublemakers. Don’t let anyone mistreat anyone else since I don’t have time to find out if my child is the “different” one. Make sure to recognize each student’s individual talents & skills. Tell me what those are during our 10-minute conferences each semester. Love & cherish my children as if they were your own. I’m busy working 50 hour weeks trying to pay for all of our belongings & don’t have the kind of spare time that you do. Also, learn to shoot a gun & bring it to school in order to protect my children. They are my life & I wouldn’t want them to be harmed on your watch. Ensure every child that leaves your classroom is safe, smart, well adjusted, & free of social problems or concerns. I have difficulty parenting my two kids, but you got a degree in this. So, you must be able to handle all 38 students with absolute ease. When you’re done with this list, let me know. I have more ideas on how you can raise my children for me.
Do you think this is how most of our society is now? Are parents expecting too much from us? Why or why not?