Talk about striking a nerve.
According to the Association of Mature American Citizens, the self-labeled “voice of Americans 50+,” the following polite rant was sent by member Howard Sharpell, and it caught the eye of the editor who headlined it bluntly, “Nominated for Best Email of the Year.”
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
‘Let me see if I’ve got this right.
‘You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.
‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
‘You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
‘You want me to do all this, and then you tell me……
I can’t pray.
There is no explanation of the nomination, or background on the origin of the post or its author, but it has stirred something in parents, educators and average Americans alike. Based on the passionate comments the rant generated and its nomination, by someone, as best email of the year, I thought it was worth sharing.
You can read the comments here, or write your own below.