A fourth-grade teacher in Florida thinks so.
Jamee Miller, who teaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., wrote an essay that was recently posted to Facebook, recounting what her day is like as an elementary school teacher working amid budget cuts, seemingly-unachievable state and federal education mandates, and lengthy hours that extend far beyond her contractually compensated hours.
Miller apparently wrote the essay a year ago and then put it away. This year, when Florida legislators were debating passage of a controversial bill that teachers said was unfair, Miller retrieved her essay and posted it to her Facebook page. Almost overnight parents and teachers everywhere, not just in Florida, applauded her message and re-posted her words.
Do you think teachers are, as Miller puts it, are "overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated by most?" Are the teachers in your child's school system valued and appreciated? How do you feel about the issue and Miller's essay?