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Are teachers "overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated?"

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?

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#1 Lisa 2012-09-14 23:37
I am a 3rd grade teacher with multiple degrees. I have 24 students and am "highly qualified" according to district qualifications. I am a professional and perform all of my job duties. Last year, I worked an average of 60-70 hours per week. Yet, my "planning" time is frequently used by administration to 1) tell me things I already know, 2) assign more paperwork, 3) criticize me, and/or 4) give me a packet to read after I've asked for help on any given topic.

The highlights of all of my days are my students and for them, I considered myself blessed. But I am so frustrated and so anxious and just feel like giving up. Maybe I should try a new career.

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