Saturday, March 14, 2009

Things to consider

There are so many changes happening right now in my life and decisions that need to be made but the information I have is not enough to make an informed decision that will impact my future. On Wednesday, I found out that my current job may be cut from a 1.0 position to a .6 and that the 9th grade Ceramics class for next year currently has 52 students in it. This is the information we have right now. This will change. There is obviously no way that a class can have 52 students in it, especially since the size of the classroom is only slightly larger than a standard hotel room. But with this cut and the increase in class sizes, all classes will have a minimum of 34 students, one wonders what the heck is going on. I mean seriously, we all know that these are "tough economic times" but really, really? Do we think that it is going to get any better by increasing class sizes, cutting teachers, and adding more standardized tests to our already overwhelmed students? What kind of future are we setting up for our kids? What are we teaching them? Can we even teach them when there are so many of them and so few of us? 

With huge life changes comes reflection and sometimes desperate decisions are made. I want to stay at my school, I want to get married, I want to someday have kids. So many things... so little information that I have right now to make an informed decision. G and I have agreed that we will make no decisions until May- about work, about where to live, about the number of kids we see in our future. But May is fast approaching and it's scary out there. 52 kids in one class or teach a program with the potential of kindergartens and seniors all in one day. 


Trinity said...

Oh Jen! That sucks. I am wishing you and your hubby-to-be lots of luck and as much clarity as possible when making your upcoming decisions. It is not an easy position to be in.

VeganCraftastic said...

Ugh, craziness, although I have to admit that I got really used to huge class sizes since I went to school in California. I remember one honors history class that had 60 something students, most kids had to stand and there weren't enough books for even half the class.

Maya, Mieko and Hana's Mom said...

I'm sorry to hear about all the stressful changes at your school, but I think it's really smart for you to hold off on any big decisions. As you said, things will likely change. I think in the meantime, you should pick up those sticks for some calming recreation.