I don’t know where I would be today if my teachers’ job security was based on how I performed on some standardized test. If their very survival as teachers was based on whether I actually fell in love with the process of learning but rather if I could fill in the right bubble on a test. If they had to spend most of their time desperately drilling us and less time encouraging creativity and original ideas; less time knowing who we were, seeing our strengths and helping us realize our talents.
I honestly don’t know where I’d be today if that was the type of education I had. I sure as hell wouldn’t be here. I do know that.
This has been a horrible decade for teachers. I can’t imagine how demoralized you must feel. But I came here today to deliver an important message to you: As I get older, I appreciate more and more the teachers that I had growing up. And I’m not alone. There are millions of people just like me.
So Matt Damon flew to DC to march with the teachers. And said this. And I still love Matt Damon.
Not every teacher is a good teacher, but without good teachers, and without a good process for TEACHING, we are NOWHERE.
This makes me still have hope in becoming an art teacher, specially since I can relate with much what he says. I still remember all of the good teachers I had and what actually did help me pass.