By Shannon Boatwright
I’m not a child anymore, but I’m hoping it counts that as a teacher, I’m with children all day every day. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written you, but you know I became a teacher. Although my job in the public school system has seemingly beaten me down, I have managed to hold onto my childlike wonder, hopes, and dreams. I have never stopped believing in the spirit of Christmas and I never will.
With that being said, all of us good teachers need your help, Santa. We’re in the middle of a complete crisis in our classrooms. Lots of our students these days have lost their work ethic, manners, and respect, and on top of that, the public school system has become so jaded and lost that we teachers simply cannot teach. It’s a real mess here, Mr. Claus.
It makes me wonder, why can’t they all just be good, for goodness sake?
I don’t quite know what could be done. A few lumps of coal may send the message, but then again, I’d really like a reform of the public school system with discipline and a better understanding of logic and reason this year, so I can continue to inspire and educate young minds.
Ok, ok, I know that’s an unreasonable amount to ask for! I mean I know you laugh when you’re asked for sports cars and new houses because that’s a bit out of your gift range. But hey, I just figured it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to you, Santa. Your magic and precious spirit help to heal and open hearts and minds.
Today’s students need good teachers more than ever, Santa, but our current system is keeping the good teachers from doing their jobs and is pushing them away. Maybe you could consider spreading a little more of your magic this Christmas season when you come to town? We teachers sure would appreciate it.
Here’s to a holiday season of hope, happiness and maybe a little positive change along the way.
Merry Christmas, Santa.