Second grade teacher Stephen Round, fed up with being forced to teach students how to be “good test-takers” instead of “lifelong learners,” tendered his resignation in a video posted on YouTube.
After being denied the dignity of reading his letter of resignation during a recent school committee meeting, the teacher decided to post it on YouTube instead, where he found a much larger and more receptive audience. It is unclear whether it was the content of his resignation letter that prevented him from being able to read it before the committee.
“It was purely frustration. It got the point where I can’t stand by and watch kids not learn, and I have the key to help them.” he said, reading from the letter. “They want us to follow the book to the letter.”
Round, who is a 13-year veteran teacher in the Providence school district, wants to go back to remedial tutoring.
“The school system in which I had so much pride drastically changed. Rather than creating lifelong learners, our new goal is to create good test-takers. Rather than being the recipients of a rewarding and enjoyable educational experience, our students are now relegated to experiencing a confining and demeaning education.”
Round said he can’t stay with the Providence school system when it insists on operating based on the “misguided notions of ‘educrats.’” He went on to say he would rather quit his “secure” $70,000-per-year plus benefits teaching job and tutor kids at no charge “than be part of a system that is diametrically opposed to everything I believe education should be.”
“I’ve had it. I quit.”
Watch the epic resignation video here:
Exit question: Do you agree with the teacher? Is our education system broken?