“The only reason you survive your first year of teaching is you have no idea how hard it’s going to be until you’re already in the middle of it,” Lessem says. “Because if anybody really told you, you probably wouldn’t sign up for it.”
The Education of Jose Garcia, WBEZ
I frequently hear this, and have no doubt that it’s true. I just wish we’d take it less as a badge of honor and more as a sign of how deficiently we prepare teachers for the classroom.
(Great reporting by Becky Vevea, by the way.)