Sunday, July 09, 2006

Is the public school system harming teachers?

My husband is a high school teacher. He frequently complains that his work starves him of any chance to have an intelligent conversation with another adult during the school year. Since school let out this spring he's been talking my ear off in a sort of compensation. Yesterday we had the following conversation:

"...that's my best conjecture at this point. What do you think?"

"You asked me what I thought at 9 a.m. I had an opinion then. It's now 2 p.m. You've talked for 5 hours non-stop."

"Oh. Sorry. What were you going to say?"

"I've had so many thoughts over those hours I can no longer remember any of them."

"Well, I'm almost finished. Let me get this out...." He then talked for 2 more hours, while eating and doing maintenance work at the same time.

Do other teachers do this? He didn't act like this before he became a high school teacher. It can't be healthy.


Unique said...

My sister isn't a teacher but she is a librarian - oops - 'media specialist' in the public schools. She does go on and on about her job and what she goes through sometimes.

I don't mind though. Everyone needs to vent. It would be much worse (for both of you) if he kept it inside. Just a thought.

Here's hoping next year is a little more stress free.

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