Kayla Comried @KComried [Co Executive Yearbook Editor]
School is back in full swing, and many things come with a new school year. New faces, new teachers, new classes, and for many, new friends. Classes get harder as the students expand their knowledge, but somehow, teaching methods seem to stay the same even though some shouldn’t.
Here at Marion, we pride ourselves on having well educated and passionate teachers, and truly, most of them are; but they’re getting the same salaries and the same benefits as the teachers who quite frankly, don’t teach. There are countless teachers here at Marion who put their entire heart and soul into their job. They stay at work late into the evening, and even when they go home, they are often times still working off the clock. This is the way teachers should be. They have the education of the student in their hands, and it is only fair that they nurture it and care for it with everything they can. They chose this as their career choice, and so they need to do everything that the job entails. These teachers are the ones that make an impact daily on students’ lives, and each teacher should be like them, but they aren’t.
In every job, there are people who just scoot by. People who do the bare minimum just to get the paycheck, and move on with their lives. These people usually don’t have much of an effect on other’s lives. These teachers do nothing for their students, yet they are given the same power. They are granted the right to hold a students education in their palms, and just like that, they drop it. Now, maybe they don’t know that what they are doing is affecting their students so much, or maybe they actually think they are doing a good job, but they need to be told that they aren’t.
These teachers could be completely oblivious to the fact that from them, their students are learning nothing. Now, while in this class the student may love the teacher for letting them too, just scoot by with little homework, but in the end it will hurt them more than they know. First, they won’t know the material when it pops up in a later class, and they learn methods that are lazy and wrong.
We as students, need to have these conversations with the teachers or with the principal, to let them know that there are several teachers in this school putting our education as students at risk. They need to know that these teachers should not be given the same power as the teachers who care about their job and who are passionate about the education they are handing down to students. We need to stand as a front, because we deserve a good education. We deserve the passion and spark of good teachers.