Education

I Am A Teacher: Jim Eisenhardt

November 01, 1990 1 min read

Jim Eisenhardt
Drama/speech
Omaha South High School
Omaha, Neb.

Eisenhardt teaches in the same high school from which he graduated.

If teachers aren’t given the chance, the status quo will remain. A good teacher would like nothing better than to help a mediocre teacher. And a committed teacher would like to shoot those teachers who leave the building right after school’s out and are never seen again until the next morning. When we all agree that teaching is not a 9-to-5 job, then we’ll understand professionalism. More and more teachers want to be able to say, “OK, you have got to straighten up or get out of teaching.” We should be allowed to govern our own. To decide who should and who should not be in the profession. And help those who are in the wrong profession to find a way either to become suitable for the profession or [to find] another.

From I Am A Teacher, by David Marshall Marquis and Robin Sachs. Copyright © 1990 by David Marshall Marquis and Robin Sachs. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster Inc.
A version of this article appeared in the November 01, 1990 edition of Teacher as I Am A Teacher