Former kindergarten teacher, 34, shares the heartbreaking reasons why she left her job

A former teacher has revealed the various reasons why she decided to quit her job as a kindergarten teacher in a Facebook position.

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Jessica Gentry, 34, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, went to Facebook on Thursday June 13 to reveal why she quit her job Stone Spring Elementary School after 12 years of teaching.

The mother-of-one mentioned a number of reasons that led her to give up her job, including a lack of support from children's parents, with the emphasis on the use of technology to teach, and the general feeling that & # 39; children deserve better & # 39 ;.

Heartbreaking: Jessica Gentry, 34, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, took on Facebook to reveal the reason she quit her job at Stone Spring Elementary School after 12 years of teaching

Heartbreaking: Jessica Gentry, 34, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, took on Facebook to reveal the reason she quit her job at Stone Spring Elementary School after 12 years of teaching

No filter: the mother-of-one said that although it may be easier to believe that she left her job because of the & # 39; worthless reward & # 39 ;, this had nothing to do with her choice

No filter: the mother-of-one said that although it may be easier to believe that she left her job because of the & # 39; worthless reward & # 39 ;, this had nothing to do with her choice

No filter: the mother-of-one said that although it may be easier to believe that she left her job because of the & # 39; worthless reward & # 39 ;, this had nothing to do with her choice

Unfortunate: She said that changes in the way children are raised, as well as changes in society, affect the way children act in school, as she said: & # 39; Children are just the innocent victims of it & # 39;
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Unfortunate: She said that changes in the way children are raised, as well as changes in society, affect the way children act in school, as she said: & # 39; Children are just the innocent victims of it & # 39;

Unfortunate: She said that changes in the way children are raised, as well as changes in society, affect the way children act in school, as she said: & # 39; Children are just the innocent victims of it & # 39;

Technology: Jessica also believes that the introduction of technology to educate children has declined & # 39; the basis of relationship building and hands on learning & # 39;

Technology: Jessica also believes that the introduction of technology to educate children has declined & # 39; the basis of relationship building and hands on learning & # 39;

Technology: Jessica also believes that the introduction of technology to educate children has declined & # 39; the basis of relationship building and hands on learning & # 39;

Jessica started her now viral message by explaining that she did not leave her teaching assignment because of the & # 39; worthless reward & # 39 ;.

She explained: & # 39; It was easier for my former HR director to believe it was because I found something I loved more. Some would allow them to assume that … they feel comfortable in their assumptions, because your truth can cause discomfort to others. Well … I'm not a couple. I am not that, & she added.

Note: the viral Facebook of the former teacher gathered the attention of many educators who were in similar positions

Note: the viral Facebook of the former teacher gathered the attention of many educators who were in similar positions

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Note: the viral Facebook of the former teacher gathered the attention of many educators who were in similar positions

Jessica went on with five different reasons that led her to leave the job, starting with the belief that society and new ways of parenting have changed the way children behave.

She wrote: & # 39; The old excuse & # 39; the children have changed & # 39 ;. No. Not a bad way. Children are children. PARENTING has changed. SOCIETY has changed. The children are just the innocent victims of that.

& # 39; Parents work crazy hours consumed by their devices, leaving children in unstable parenting / coparenting situations, terrible media influences … and we're going to give the excuse that the KIDS have changed? What did we expect from them?

& # 39; Children behave in undesirable ways in the environment in which they feel most secure. They test the water in the area that they know their mistakes and behaviors will be treated with kindness and compassion.

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& # 39; For those & # 39; obedient & # 39; children – they throw ordinary tantrums at home because it is safe

& # 39; The children clamber tables at school? They don't have a safe place at home. Our classrooms are the first place they ever & # 39; no & # 39; have heard, have received limits, shown love through respect. Cue "the children have changed", & she added.

The former teacher explained that too much emphasis on technology used to teach children in school contributed to her reasons for leaving the profession.

Wasting time: She said the introduction of technology has disrupted the amount of time teachers have to prepare lessons and spend with children as a result of training.

Wasting time: She said the introduction of technology has disrupted the amount of time teachers have to prepare lessons and spend with children as a result of training.

Wasting time: She said the introduction of technology has disrupted the amount of time teachers have to prepare lessons and spend with children as a result of training.

Mindset: the former teacher explained that she thinks the relationships between parents and teachers have become a & # 39; customer service mindset & # 39;
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Mindset: the former teacher explained that she thinks the relationships between parents and teachers have become a & # 39; customer service mindset & # 39;

Mindset: the former teacher explained that she thinks the relationships between parents and teachers have become a & # 39; customer service mindset & # 39;

She explained that such a regular use of technology to teach children new skills is the & # 39; basic principles of relationship building & # 39; and & # 39; hands on learning & # 39; reduces.

& # 39; In the middle of it all … our response is that we & # 39; 21st century & # 39; schools must be. One to one students of technology. Oh. All right. So forget the basic principles of relationship building and hands-on learning.

& # 39; Children cannot read social signals and behave correctly in social settings … let's throw more devices at them because it looks good on our website.

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& # 39; During an interview, a division asked me "how is your technology? That's important to us". Eh … I hear Bobo that the chimpanzee is pretty technical … I think I'm pretty good with kids, & she added.

Jessica said the introduction of technology to teach children has meant that teachers need more training.

That is why this often disrupts the time that Jessica would like to spend planning classes for her class and other time she spent in class teaching her students.

She explained: & # 39; And since our technology approach doesn't seem to work, teachers need more training. Take away two planning periods per week. And make that time completely worthless when it comes to ADD to the quality of the instruction.

& # 39; Just this year a new mathematics evaluation was introduced for K teachers. We had to attend a training on a school day (time missed with students), then we took THREE WEEKS to manage it … one on one … for 21 students.

& # 39; Such. A waste. All the information I could have told you about them without losing valuable educational time, & she added.

Suffering: & # 39; My mental and physical health was in danger every day. Knowing that your children need and earn more than they get, & she said

Suffering: & # 39; My mental and physical health was in danger every day. Knowing that your children need and earn more than they get, & she said

Suffering: & # 39; My mental and physical health was in danger every day. Knowing that your children need and earn more than they get, & she said

Realization: She now closed her viral post and said she understands that she cannot help children if her health suffers, adding that she has decided to start & # 39; with her own child

Realization: She now closed her viral post and said she understands that she cannot help children if her health suffers, adding that she has decided to start & # 39; with her own child

Realization: She now closed her viral post and said she understands that she cannot help children if her health suffers, adding that she has decided to start & # 39; with her own child

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The fourth reason she put on the list for stopping teaching was that she believes the relationship between teachers and parents has turned into customer service.

& # 39; Instead of holding parents responsible … and making them real partners, we have adopted a customer service mentality, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I have seen the Facebook rations about attending and getting & # 39; the letter & # 39 ;.

& # 39; Well, here's the thing … I can't teach your child if he's not in school. I was laughed at by parents who wanted to go on field trips, but missed the THREE tickets that went home – and when they were attending a trip, they were on their phones all the time.

Viral: since Jessica has shared her moving message on Facebook, it has collected more than 254,000 likes and more than 200,000 shares

Viral: since Jessica has shared her moving message on Facebook, it has collected more than 254,000 likes and more than 200,000 shares

Viral: since Jessica has shared her moving message on Facebook, it has collected more than 254,000 likes and more than 200,000 shares

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& # 39; I invited parents to attend conference days several times and called when I refused to offer an option for after high school. I told parents to tell their child & # 39; no & # 39; may tell … & Jessica said.

Finally, Jessica said that her mental and physical health suffered every day because she was working as a teacher, because she felt that the children she taught earned more than they went to school.

& # 39; My mental and physical health was in danger at all times. Knowing that your children need and earn more than they get, & she said.

& # 39; Sitting in one meeting after another, begging for more support, only to be told "don't fall asleep" … when you are LOVE of your children and you are PASSIONATE about your mission … this messages tear you apart.

& # 39; See how they come … dirty clothes … chaos at home … and knowing that they need more than you can give them in a 21-room classroom, with less and less support, multiple (sic) languages spoken, different handicaps … it will destroy you. We become emotional eaters. We become banquet apples to rest. We're being merged so briefly that our families are suffering … & she said.

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When she closed her viral post, Jessica said she realized & # 39; you can't save them all & # 39 ;. & # 39; You can't even help 21 if you're not healthy. If your mental and physical health are not a focus, you are not even good for the 21, & she said.

& # 39; I left my pension fund … my paid sick leave (46 days left on the table, unpaid). I didn't leave to pay better, & she added.

Praise: Jessica is pictured with her partner and is praised by hundreds of former teachers on Facebook who applauded because she spoke about the different problems she faced

Praise: Jessica is pictured with her partner and is praised by hundreds of former teachers on Facebook who applauded because she spoke about the different problems she faced

Praise: Jessica is pictured with her partner and is praised by hundreds of former teachers on Facebook who applauded because she spoke about the different problems she faced

Jessica explained that she chose to dedicate her love and passion to her daughter and to help other mothers come home & # 39; for their children at home while they said: & # 39; I really believe it starts here & # 39 ;.

She said: & # 39; I have found something that allows me to influence the environments where those 21 go home. I have found something that I can influence with … that my tank does not leave empty, making me useless for others ..

& # 39; I may have left the classroom … but I still argue for those children. It just looks different now, & Jessica added.

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The mother-of-one told Yahoo Lifestyle that she regularly took home the worries of other children.

& # 39; If children struggle with home life, poverty, abuse … the things they do and say – it costs you a mental toll. I carried all of that home, & she said.

& # 39; My daughter earned better. I caused her trauma by taking over theirs. I knew I wasn't the worst & # 39; I & # 39; could bring home what I loved, & she added.

Since she has shared her moving message on Facebook, it has collected more than 254,000 likes and more than 200,000 shares.

Similarly, it has collected hundreds of comments, many of which came from fellow teachers who are struggling with similar problems within the industry.

A woman said: & # 39; This resonates with me, because these are some of the many reasons why I also left teaching (and HSPS) to stay at home with my child! Well said! & # 39;

Another former teacher added: & I think all teachers agree with you. I have been teaching for 40 years and the times have changed. Good that you can find out now, where you can make changes with your own children. & # 39;

& # 39; I am also a former teacher who has just been burned by all this mess. Kudos to you to speak out! & # 39; another woman added.

Changes: Jessica told Yahoo Lifestyle that she regularly took on the stress and worries of other children at her home, and that she brought the worst version of her home

Changes: Jessica told Yahoo Lifestyle that she regularly took on the stress and worries of other children at her home, and that she brought the worst version of her home

Changes: Jessica told Yahoo Lifestyle that she regularly took on the stress and worries of other children at her home, and that she brought the worst version of her home

According to WHSV, Supervisor Michael Richards said he would deal with Jessica and said teachers are leaving the profession as if their hair is on fire.

His statement was: & # 39;Ms. Gentry may have her own reasons for making that claim. Teaching is the noblest profession in the world, and the vast majority of teachers are committed to the essential work of empowering the next generation.

& # 39; Teaching is definitely a very challenging profession, and it's not for everyone. It requires more hours than most people think it does, and it offers versatile challenges that combine social and intellectual skills. Some of Mrs. Gentry's concerns are fully valid.

& # 39; For example, it is of the utmost importance that we provide teachers with good planning and collaboration time and that we do not get them out of apprenticeship. It is of the utmost importance that we help students develop strong social skills, especially as society is increasingly turning to device-driven communication.

Tegelijkertijd At the same time, we must enable students to use technology to enrich their learning process and develop practical skills. It is important that we support teachers in developing productive partnerships with parents. Many of Mrs Gentry's concerns have been on my radar for some time.

& # 39; I have plans to address these and other concerns here in Harrisonburg, where I only started a month ago as an inspector. Too often teachers feel that nobody understands their concerns and solutions are imposed.

& # 39; I intend to work with teachers so that I am aware of their concerns and they have a voice in the solutions, & # 39; he concluded.

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