Have you been holding your head in your hands for so long now that you realize your arms don’t belong in that place connected to the head?
I teach for a living and man, and I have got to tell ya: this living is simply not that at all. Life in education is so rough road, slipshod, snake bite, back stabbing, bee sting, broken record, and laughable til you cry that reality has grabbed a hold of our collective throats. This reality regards the complete capitalist, corporate take-over of education which not only makes the average American think, but also believe, that teachers are the trouble with America. It’s AMAZING what money can buy!
Do you wish to know what toxic stress does to you? My pals at PeopleCleaner.com have a word about that. A quote from the site: “According to the Centers for Disease Control, as much as 90% of all disease and illnesses are stress related. Toxic stress costs America more than $300 billion per year. It is a part of daily life and always will be. However, too much stress can be deadly.”
I’ve lived with so much work stress over the past three years that I’m the walking dead. Did you read that? They made a streaming IV show out of my zombie life…(Yes, IV = TV, smarty pants). All I want is to do a great job for the people in my life that I care about, yet, that is not enough. Administrators earn all of the money in higher education at this point, and they are laughing all of the way to the taxpayer bank.
Poor you, taxpayer! You thought that the extra parcel tax would take care of you, your daughter, son, and their teenagers who wish to go to the amazing community college in your neighborhood. But, look out! Texas has rolled in and taken the top admin spots and is looting the college treasury! They’ve hired their friends who need to hire consultants and assistants in order to get their jobs done because they don’t know about California Education Code!
A higher-power accreditation commission that has lost its collective mind and soul told us that we needed to hire more administrators. And here we are, top-heavy, herky-jerky, not hunky-dory, F’ed up the wazoo, and left hanging to dry. Those of us educating our students full-time are also in a bull-run trying to clean up the mess left behind by the frat party. This mess makes “Game of Thrones” look like a mellow domino game.
This looks like the rest of America, folks. It is the big beat down, bum rush, take out the middle to give the 1% more dough because they sure don’t want to share it with those of us who protect them, teach them, nurse them, pave the roads for them…
Here’s one for the tombstone: FUCK them!