A Facebook post from Wendy Bradshaw, a former teacher at the Polk County Public School District in Florida, is garnering a lot of attention online for pointing out some of the American education system's flaws, including standardized testing.
In Bradshaw's message, which currently has over 61,000 likes and over 63,000 shares, she says "can no longer in good conscience" be a part of the "disordered" educational system -- a system she feels does not have the students' best interests at heart. Per her post:
Like many other teachers across the nation, I have become more and more disturbed by the misguided reforms taking place which are robbing my students of a developmentally appropriate education. Developmentally appropriate practice is the bedrock upon which early childhood education best practices are based, and has decades of empirical support behind it.
However, the new reforms not only disregard this research, they are actively forcing teachers to engage in practices which are not only ineffective but actively harmful to child development and the learning process. I am absolutely willing to back up these statements with literature from the research base, but I doubt it will be asked for.
At press time, Bradshaw's post has over 10,000 comments on Facebook, many of them praising her message but lamenting the loss of her as a teacher. "U R the teacher every mother wishes to have for her child," one commenter wrote. "Too bad U resigned; system needs you! Hope someone will offer you a better opportunity where u can do something about the problems!"
Bradshaw notes that she's dedicated years of her life to education, specializing in teaching students with disabilities. "I just cannot justify making students cry anymore," she wrote. "They cry with frustration as they are asked to attempt tasks well out of their zone of proximal development. They cry as their hands shake trying to use an antiquated computer mouse on a ten year old desktop computer which they have little experience with, as the computer lab is always closed for testing.
"Their shoulders slump with defeat as they are put in front of poorly written tests that they cannot read, but must attempt. Their eyes fill with tears as they hunt for letters they have only recently learned so that they can type in responses with little hands which are too small to span the keyboard."
Some commenters on Bradshaw's post shared personal experiences with their own children, who they said know this feeling of "frustration" all too well. "I feel validated as I read your article and resignation," one commenter wrote.
"Now my attention is on my daughter who encountered everything you spoke of. Tears? Sobbing! Feeling inept? Failure! How do you mend a young person who has been broken and brought to her knees and left there by the system. I met with teachers, Counselors and principles. I'm home schooling this year and next. Will she forever be stigmatized? We have a lot of undoing to do!"
Bradshaw concludes on a personal note, adding that her daughter inspired her to think more critically about her involvement in the educational system. "On June 8, 2015 my life changed when I gave birth to my daughter," she wrote.
"I remember cradling her in the hospital bed on our first night together and thinking, 'In five years you will be in kindergarten and will go to school with me.' That thought should have brought me joy, but instead it brought dread. I will not subject my child to this disordered system, and I can no longer in good conscience be a part of it myself."
MTV News has reached out to the Polk County Public School District for comment.