Sarah Smerko: Reasons to teach

February 8, 2014 

Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of being a teacher. At 18, I still have the strong conviction that becoming a teacher is what I am meant to do with my life. Yet right now there is no reason why I should want to be a teacher, considering the sad state of public education in North Carolina.

Legislation has been put in place to eliminate teacher tenure and instead give the top 25 percent of teachers in each district an extra $500 a year for four years. The North Carolina legislature is completely demoralizing public education with this ridiculous notion; good teachers cannot be quantified solely by test scores.

I am a senior at Broughton High School, and I have some of the best teachers. I can think of a hundred reasons why my teachers are the best, and not a single one of them has to do with test scores. My teachers are the best because they love what they do and genuinely care about their students, and this comes across in their teaching.

Teachers are heroes. It is time for the legislature to start treating them this way.

Sarah Smerko


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