I am a teacher who wept in front of her class today. Not long and hard but it was enough to make them stop and take notice. I stared at the four things on their desk that were considered to be technology and realized that they had no room to work, but I was trying to meet requirements in case someone “popped in” for an observation. I became truly terrified at that moment and overwhelmed with sadness. I almost immediately regained my composure. I had to for my students. Those poor babies are being used as pawns and I’m “human capital”. How degrading and humiliating. I am honestly having trouble sleeping, eating and just thinking clearly. I can’t even enjoy my favorite holidays because of the stress of “Sweet Sixteen”. There’s nothing sweet about it! I actually have become “socially retarded” because all I do is work. I have no life! The job I was born to do has now become the bain of my existence! I’m trying so hard but I feel like a Hamster on a wheel going nowhere fast. This idiocy has got to stop! Let children be children and let teachers teach! Stop attaching bogus numbers to standards “evaluating” teachers and telling us you’re not evaluating us! Stop scoring us low and telling us you’ll help us improve so that the administration can pretend that Sweet Sixteen is working when it is the worst thing that has ever happened to Sumter! Also, stop trying to do the same to our students! Life is short and childhood is dear. “Let us work, let us live!” Please keep me anonymous because I need my job.