The only thing that was able to go through my mind was ďare you kidding me?Ē
Now, this teacher, who I only had for one year of biology, is quite possible one of the nicest men Iíve ever met in my life. Till this day, when I walk down the hallway past his room, heíll always ask me how Iím doing and call me by the right nameÖ which is incredible considering I have a twin sister who had him as well.
The reasons I have heard for this wonderful teacher being let go is because he is disorganized, which if anyone has ever stepped into his classroom, youíll know that from the get-go. But honestly, it wouldnít be his class if it wasnít.
Iíve also heard that he isnít strict enough with his students because homework doesnít have a tentative due date. This is also true, well, for my class at least. He also hated giving tests, I remember asking him the question as to why he didnít like this. The response I got was something Iíve never heard before. He told me that he believed tests didnít really show knowledge about a subject, and if students didnít do well, it was his job to make sure that they learned everything they needed to.
To me, this is what a teacher is, someone who teaches. Not someone who makes you sit in class while they fall asleep and watch you take silent notes out of a book, and yes, Iím serious. Iíve had a teacher like this. If anything, I believe that teacher should go, but I suppose Iím wrong, because apparently heís just a bit more organized... side note, Iím really not kidding about having a teacher who fell asleep while baby sitting us as we sat in silence reading from a book. This happened on a weekly basis. Pathetic...
Iím angry about this.
I know that teachers arenít supposed to baby sit their students, but there is a level of caring that needs to exist. There needs to be a passion to see students do well, and Mr. Duerkson has this passion. Iíve seen it with my own eyes.
I remember sitting in his room once with a friend of mine talking about the school musical, because heís a musical kind of guy. He asked my friend if she was going to try out for the musical because sheís in the choir. She told him no, and that she was too nervous.
He told her that if she wanted to, she could do it. I mean, he talked to my friend and I for probably 30 minutes or so about doing what we wanted, and reaching out, because it makes our lives more meaningful.
Thatís a teacher.
Iíve never seen another teacher reach out and make it to tennis matches, volleyball games, Friday night football, softball games, and even musicals and band shows, just so he can support his students.
Thatís a teacher.
I donít care if he is disorganized. I donít care if caring about studentsí well-being is not being strict enough. If that school lets go of one of the greatest teachers to walk the hallways, I will never support them as fully as I do now. I know theyíre my soon-to-be alma mater. I know they gave me somewhat of the education I have, but if Mr. Duerkson is let go, it will be one of the biggest mistakes West Holmes has ever made.
And if he does get let go, I hope that he can find another job somewhere that fulfills his life passion of teaching. Because I believe that is what he is intended to do - teach.
He was placed on this earth to enrich minds full of information beyond the classroom and biology. The passion he exhibits for teaching is something I hope to have for my future career.
Trust me on this, Iím Write.
Published: April 2, 2012