In Newsweek, a Dallas Teacher Explains Why She Loves Her Profession

On the eve of Dallas Independent School District's 460 teacher layoffs, delayed till tomorrow, the latest issue of Newsweek features an essay by Dallas teacher Heather Robinson, who proclaims, "I Am Not A Babysitter." Below is a highlight among many from a teacher who clearly likes her gig, which was the question. --Robert Wilonsky

After all of the long hours, grueling days, mountains of paperwork, emotional exhaustion and misperceptions about the profession that I dearly love and would trade for no other, we continue to pour ourselves into the work because it's too important not to. How can we not give all of ourselves, our intellect and our talents to this work? After all, it is our current students whom we will be voting for in a future presidential election, who will care for us when we're ill and who will educate our grandchildren.
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