Teaching in the Shadows of Act Ten

The personal stories shared in this episode call into question the impact of Wisconsin's Act 10 on public school teachers. A veteran teacher reflects on the ways in which teaching has changed over the last twenty years, and how the politicized nature of the profession has inflicted wounds that won't heal. Still, teachers are positioned to have a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of children and families, making it a worthy career despite the relentless struggle. Years Later, Wisconsin Voters Remember Act 10, The Law That Ended Union Rights For Most Public Workers Still Provokes Strong Feelings -  https://bit.ly/2PTzpnW Ithsmus, Act 10 -  https://bit.ly/305GyGr New State Sata: Post-Act 10, Teachers' Health Care Costs Soared -  https://bit.ly/2vNl5nS Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/photos/E3I2zjwGudM

Sustaining the Unsustainable

An educator of 25 years describes how the teaching profession has changed dramatically in recent years. While teaching today is not impossible to do, it has become an unsustainable career. Teachers young and old are effective, yet they cannot keep up with all of the demands. Individualized instruction is laborious to plan, implement, and assess. Specialized learning disrupts community building. Ultimately, teaching is a great job that is incredibly difficult to do.

Thirty Years of Teaching

A teacher of thirty years shares her journey through the teaching profession. Schools have moved away from a one-size-fits-all model. Today instruction is differentiated to meet each child’s unique interests and needs. This shift requires a lot more work, planning time, and professional development, yet no extra time has been provided in the work day. Work-life balance is no longer attainable. Self-care has become a necessity for teachers and students. Children, Wired - For Better or Worse - https://bit.ly/2zOpSWU What Screen Addictions and Drug Addictions Have in Common - https://to.pbs.org/2CFu3bd America's Opioid Crisis: The Unseen Impact on Wisconsin Children - As Wisconsin Families Struggle with Addiction, Children are Caught in the Fray - https://bit.ly/2S3FzkW Wisconsin Teacher Shortage - https://bit.ly/2DdCVn2 Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Recommends Increased Funding For Schools - https://bit.ly/2tnMyLp Challenges for Wisconsin: School Finance & Vouchers - https://bit.ly/2SV2DGI Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash