An­other ‘Back When’ Story

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - COMMUNITY - MARIE ROY WCN Colum­nist

The fol­low­ing, an­other piece I re­ceived, shows how things have sadly wors­ened since “Back When” there was re­spect, or­der and the Bi­ble read in class­rooms:

Teach­ing Prospect

After be­ing in­ter­viewed by school ad­min­is­tra­tion, the ea­ger teach­ing prospect said:

“Let me see if I’ve got this right.”

“You want me to go into that room with all those kids and fill their ev­ery wak­ing moment with a love for learn­ing. I’m sup­pose to in­still a sense of pride in their eth­nic­ity, mod­ify their dis­rup­tive be­hav­ior, ob­serve them for signs of abuse and even cen­sor their T-shirts’ mes­sages and dress habits.

“You want me to wage a war on drugs and sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, check their back­packs for weapons of mass de­struc­tion, and raise their self-es­teem.

“You want me to teach them pa­tri­o­tism, good ci­ti­zen­ship, sports­man­ship, and fair play, how and where to reg­is­ter to vote, how to bal­ance a check­book, and how to ap­ply for a job.

“I am to check their heads for lice, main­tain a safe en­vi­ron­ment, rec­og­nize signs of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­ior, of­fer advice, write let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion for stu­dent em­ploy­ment and schol­ar­ships, en­cour­age re­spect for their el­ders and fu­ture em­ploy­ers.

“I am to com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with the par­ents by let­ter, tele­phone, news­let­ter and re­port card.

“All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a com­puter, a few books, a bul­letin board, and a big smile AND on a start­ing salary that qual­i­fies my fam­ily for food stamps!

“You want me to do all of this, and you ex­pect me not to pray?”

Happy birth­day to Bar­bara Goolsby, Rick Reed, Disa Al­meta, Scott Meyer, Roy Moorman, Sarah Bradley, Amanda Cleek, Dianne Rus­sell, Justin Pitts, Lo­gan Wof­ford, Eric Snarr and David Snarr (twins), Tucker Stan­difer.

Happy an­niver­sary to J.W. and Dar­lene Cheatham, Bobby and Dianne Rus­sell, Dean and Misty Cheatham.

Happy years, all!

“You want me to do all of this, and you ex­pect me not to pray?”

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