To The Professor That Thinks They're My Only Class

To The Professor That Thinks They're My Only Class

Spoiler Alert: you're not.

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You all know exactly who I am talking about.

Everyone as that one teacher, or professor depending on your current level of schooling, that assigns work as if we have free time 24/7 outside of their class.

Just today, I sat in a (three hour) class while my professor reminded us of all the big assignments we have due soon, there were four. FOUR.

Not just a couple small things here and there, four intensive, and stressful assignments. This is a class I personally come to right after being up since 6 A.M. for four hours of student teaching, half of my weekly requirement, at a school that is an hour away. After class, I have an hour long break before I go to work for five hours. By the time I get home tonight I will have been going nonstop for 16 hours.

That is just a small insight into just how much that class is not the only thing I have going on tonight.

But you would have no idea of that if you listened to my professor talk. And, I'm sure that I am not the only one that has experienced this.

You see, if that professor were right and her assignments were my only concern, it would be no problem to be successful in the class. Unfortunately, that is not true. I have multiple classes that want to assign multiple hours of homework, every night.

And it is not just in college, I remember ridiculously late nights dating back to high school.

We all had teachers who sat up there and said "I only assign like two hours of homework, so its not too much." Okay, two hours is not that much but if you give me two hours, and my other four teachers give me two hours, I'm up to TEN hours. Ten hours of homework is longer than a full school day.

Maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but how is anyone supposed to function with that much pressure? When are we supposed to eat? Or sleep? Exercise? Work? Talk to anyone?

As a future teacher, I fully support the importance of a good education. But if you are out there teaching kids, of any age, make sure you factor in other classes and responsibilities, because we are dying over here.

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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