Teachers Everywhere Are Cheering After School Resignation Letter Goes Viral
When Wendy Bradshaw decided she was going to pursue her doctorate in education, she dreamed of inspiring young minds and helping students. She loved to see their “eyes light up” when they grasped a new concept and “their bodies straighten with pride” when they achieved a goal.
For years, this was the case, but Bradshaw began to see changes winding their way through the school’s curriculum, changes she did not believe best served the teachers or the students.
Earlier this year, Bradshaw gave birth. Holding her baby in the hospital bed, she thought in just a few short years her own daughter would be at the same school as her mom. Where that thought might excite some parents, Bradshaw became concerned.
She had seen first hand the steadily declining educational system in America, the strict standardization, the “misguided reforms” that rob students of a “developmentally appropriate education.” The thought that she was a part of it and that her daughter would some day join her did not sit well with Bradshaw.
She decided she must resign.
After she submitted her resignation, Bradshaw posted her “open letter” to Facebook, where the post quickly generated thousands of “Likes” and comments from other teachers across the country.
It’s clear Bradshaw wants only the best for her daughter and the hundreds or thousands of kids whom she was a part of their life. That her story has resonated so deeply with other parents and teachers goes to show that this is a widespread problem others have recognized.
Now, if only something were done about it.