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Breathe in, breathe out
The air in the room is crackling with excitement and stress.
“When are the tests?”
“Next week,” I laugh off. You’ll be fine I say, just breathe.
Just breathe I tell myself. They’ll be fine. Just breathe.
The news is filled with reports about teachers being rated,
shamed publicly like in the olden days,
placed in stocks,
burned at the stake,
no one deserves that. Where has our humanity gone?
Breathe in, breathe out.
I think to myself
Will they do this to us?
Will they humliate me because
students went from 98% to 94%?
There is no narrow curriculum here.
I teach my kids to be advocates, to stand up for what they believe in.
What would they say
If their teacher is rated “unsatisfactory” or “satisfactory”
What would they think?
“Are we ready for the tests?” they ask.
“Yes,” I say with confidence.
“Will we be okay?” they wonder.
“Yes,” I nod, smiling wide, does it show in my eyes?
Will we be okay?
Breathe in, Breathe out.