Thursday, April 29, 2010

Somebody get me some flats

cause it looks like I might be standing in the unemployment line come July. I've been teaching ROOTS, a class for kids who've been severely impacted by the prison system (they've been incarcerated and/or have incarcerated parents) for the past four years. I LOVE MY JOB SO MUCH. I teach two classes of ROOTS per day (plus a Study Hall), and the rest of the day have time to do things like develop an engaging curriculum, meet with students who are in trouble, intervention/a little counseling, things like that. It's tough, but it's pretty much a dream for me, as it combines everything I'm passionate about (underserved kids, the prison system, art, education, creative writing, social justice).

But as many of you know, California's in the midst of a budget crisis, and guess what gets cut first? Teachers, social programs, services for marginalized youth. WTF?! Last night I stood with some amazing allies & my die-hard boss & one rockstar student at San Francisco City Hall for five hours, pleading with the Board of Supervisors to reinstate funding for ROOTS at Balboa High School. My students are the most vulnerable, struggling kids in the school . . . and they need us! Cross your fingers that the Mayor's office musters up some empathy and solidarity and gives us the money that we need to make this happen for the kiddos! Otherwise I might be doing one of these two things:

fries


prossy

Ugh. But to change the subject to something much more awesome, check out my piece about preteen crushes on author Nina LaCour's amazing online "journal," Chelsea I Want My Flannel Back. It's called Edward I Want My Dignity Back, and it's an homage to my 7th grade crush . . . Edward Cauthorn. :) If you like Mortified and mix tapes and references to the 90's, Chelsea I Want My Flannel back will be right up your alley. :) Here's a preview:


10 comments:

Jeanette said...

I can't wait to read it, Congratulations. What I want to know is, are they cutting sports and other activities as well? I know that all things have a place, sports, art, music etc., in the development of our youth, it just breaks my heart to see things like this cut in the same year the football team and band get new uniforms (I saw this happen somewhere). I also understand that cuts HAVE to be made and it can't be easy for those doing it. It always hits someone, I'm just sorry it's you and kids who have already been hit so hard by life in general. Lighter note, the word "prossy" was new to me and seriously, it is still cracking me up.

bananas. said...

ugh! makes me so mad that the first thing anyone cuts are the teachers. the same people who educate and help our youth. ugh ugh ugghhhh!!!

here's hoping for the best for you and your colleagues. i will not allow you to end up hooking. EVER.

Michelle Kendrick Hartney said...

Claire you have such an important job and I hope it is saved. Good luck!

nicole addison said...

oh good luck, you can tell just from reading that what deep passion you have for your job. i respect that so much and i couldnt see how anyone could take taht away from you!!

bananas. said...

response to your comment...

i know. i realized after the fact how annoying i sound. what i forgot to mention is i run like crazy which allows for little splurges here and there. anyway, again i sincerely apologize.

haha.

drollgirl said...

oh girl. hang in there. this state has so many money woes, but cutting jobs just puts more folks in the unemployment lines, so how does that really save us money? i know it is complicated, but we are all just trying to have jobs, pay bills, and get by in life. and you add to that by trying to do a good thing and teaching many that need a bit of extra help. i hope you will be ok!!!

Jenn said...

Claire I am pulling for you! I couldn't think of a more perfect job for you and I hate to hear that it may be in jeopardy, both for you and for your students.

Hope Chella said...

I am in the same boat. RI is in crisis too. I love my job, but since I teach art and am at the bottom of my district's totem pole in visual arts, I have to cross my fingers and pray a lot!!!

Thanks for your sweet comment and have a great weekend :)

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Michelle said...

It is such a frustrating, maddening thing. My aunt and mother in law are both teachers and it never ceases to amaze me how hard teachers work for such little money. I hope things work out for you & your students.