I work with children. It’s not my job, it’s not my career, it’s my passion.
I also work with grownups (as the six-year olds call them).
Those six-year olds will be back next year.
Many of the grownups won’t be returning.
Last in First Out. It’s the school rule of budget cuts.
As educators, we work daily to teach children lessons that extend beyond the rules, holding fast to the Golden Rule. We weave life skills into the curriculum of reading and writing. We teach the hard stuff. The stuff that’s not on the test.
Our kids, (because that’s who they are to us), know that life isn’t fair, they are witness to that lesson every. single. day. We can inspire them to believe in themselves, to realize that fair doesn’t mean equal. It’s a hard lesson. It isn’t fair.
It’s not fair to the children and it’s not fair to the grownups.
“Under quality-blind policies—sometimes called “last-in, first-out”—schools are mandated to lay off the least senior teachers first. This hurts students by depriving them of excellent teachers who are forced to leave simply because they have not taught as long as others.”