*Before I get started, let me say this: I am in no way telling any teacher to be a doormat, stay in a hostile work environment, or be treated unfairly.
We all do it or have done it at some point.
We complain. We whine. We groan.
Lesson plans, lack of discipline, poor communication, high expectations, observations, overcrowded classrooms, insufficient funds, overworked, underpaid, and the mother of all complaints…STATE TESTING.
…but what do you do from there?
Do you share ideas with your team?
Do you bring solutions to administration?
Do you try new tactics?
Do you brainstorm with other teachers?
I have been there…I’m still there really. I go home from work exhausted, empty, and anything but encouraged. I feel like I’m failing in a profession that I’m passionate about. I question my calling and have considered calling it quits.
He opened my eyes…well, more like gave me a swift kicking while recently reading about Josiah. I can’t even tell you how I landed in 2 Kings reading about an easily-forgotten king, but I can tell you that it was a life-altering moment between God and me.
Josiah was the grandson of Manasseh, a tyrannical, sinful ruler who led Judah to sinful practices, misplaced priorities, and worldly idols. Josiah was called to be king when most of his territory was captured and no one was interested in restoration…hmm, sound familiar? In response to his situation, he did not moan, groan, or grumble.
He stepped up and took action…and God did the rest.
In response to Josiah’s action, the Lord responded through a prophet: “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people…I also have heard you, declares the Lord.
And that is how a discouraged, disengaged, disappointed teacher decided to turn her complaining into action, her whining into working, and her problems into solutions.
Teachers, there is a need at our schools far greater than we can handle.
Schools across the country are full of crime and corruption.
Teachers are burnt out and bailing.
Students are hungry, tired, anxious, and depressed.
Parents are under-equipped and often left out of the conversation.
Administration is bound by state regulations.
Now is the time to commit to our calling. We need unity and peace. We need integrity and honesty. We need servant hearts and unshakable faith. We need bold leaders and willing workers. We need Jesus.
It is up to us to take back our schools, just like Josiah took back Judah.
He did not question his calling, he followed His Father.
He did not shy away from challenges, he chased change.
He did not ask why, he provided solutions.
Whether you are an educator, administrator, parent, or supporter, there are many ways for you to step up and take action:
Pray for legislators, administration, teachers, staff, students, and parents.
Pray for the presence of Jesus to fill meeting rooms, classrooms, and hallways.
Pray for peace, protection, and provision.
- Read your Bible.
Seek wisdom and understanding.
Fill your cup and refresh your mind and soul.
Learn from the greatest teacher, leader, and friend.
- Attend (public) meetings.
Support your schools.
Voice your opinion when need be.
- Brainstorm solutions.
Seek answers to problems.
Find a collaborative community with a common goal.
- Support a teacher.
Pray for her/him.
Give a thumbs up, big smile, or encouraging word.
If you’re really wanting to help, send coffee 😉
In everything we do it takes an army. Now is the time to faithfully fight for our schools while following our Father’s lead.
Shout out to Josiah!