Florida has a dumb way of treating teachers
We don't trust you, you've been sponging off the system, we're cutting your already exceptionally low pay and a lot of you need to be fired.
Now, go out and care for our most precious commodity - and be happy about it.
In a nutshell, that's what teachers have heard over the last year from a variety of politicians and education reformers. It's a degrading bombardment, and what should worry parents the most is that it's a bad way to bring about necessary changes in the school system.
How can we insult the very people we trust with our children and expect a positive outcome?
Yet elected officials and so-called education leaders continually engage in tough talk to impress voters and boost to their own egos, even though it does little to build morale and provide the kind of inspiration teachers need in order to accept and implement new accountability standards.