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Letter: A Buffalo District teacher doesn’t recommend the job

A Buffalo District teacher doesn’t recommend the job

According to the article, “For students of color, few teachers in Erie County who ‘look like us,’” by Harold McNeil, students would learn better if their teachers looked like them; but as they don’t, their white teachers should “plant the idea” in their students’ heads.

This may be true, but is directing a student toward teaching to benefit the next generation ethical? And if you aren’t the same color as your teachers, does the thought of being a teacher really elude students?

According to “A New Global Study,” teachers make 22 percent less than other professions with master’s degree. In that same study, teachers are publicly scrutinized and openly criticized; have larger class sizes; little institutional support; more safety concerns, and have to consistently put up with abusive remarks.

Parents who have sat in my classroom have said, “I wouldn’t do this in a million years, God bless you.” And students have resonated the same attitude toward teaching.

When I was growing up, all the girls I knew either wanted to be a nun, teacher or nurse, because it was the ONLY thing we saw women doing professionally for 12 years.

It is not in my curriculum, but I have shown students a list of the top 10 professions that require a master’s degree with the end goal of informing students of jobs they may never have known existed.

If we really need and want children of color to become teachers, perhaps the profession should be respected, working conditions improved, the pay made equal to other professionals requiring a master’s, money that education has been losing incrementally since 2008 should be reinstated, and the classroom made safe from abusive, bullying remarks and acts of violence.

Catherine Breen

West Seneca

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