I need to detach myself from the weight of testing and quantitative data.
I have 2 purposes (for myself) as a teacher. They are coexistent but don’t have to relate to each other–
- Engage my students in critically analyzing their world.
- Develop their French proficiency according to standards set by the county.
The second is *secondary* and while it is important, I need to work on stressing myself over it less. For my personal sanity, I cannot invest so much into a purpose I don’t believe in.
Outside of my issues with teaching a colonial language, language learning is a natural and cultural process. It shouldn’t be packaged and commodified to demonstrate intelligence/value. And that’s exactly what our education system does.
I don’t have a choice in my being inside of this system. But I can continue to work to distance myself from it, and towards one that does not seek to crush me or my students.
I can choose to not willingly take oppression home with me.