The day was a long one and it showed itself in Finn’s disheveled hair and his wrinkled scrubs. The fluorescents were as bright as always in the emergency room and Finn lingered in his attempts to look busier than he was. Typically, his residency rounds consisted of other work, but, today, he had been placed in the ER rotation. A familiar voice caught his attention and he lifted his head, expression already drenched in a concern that arched his the lines of his forehead, for he hadn’t expected anyone he knew to show up in the emergency room, of all places, today. “What are you doing here? Are you okay?” he asked, gravitating towards the Atlantan.
Patrice Brown is a 4th grade teacher in Atlanta whose curvy physique and wardrobe has gone viral and sparked #TeacherBae, an ongoing non-debate over what is and isn’t appropriate for women educators to wear at work.
It’s a non-debate because Brown’s wardrobe isn’t actually the problem. Her clothes cover her body and seem meet Atlanta Public Schools employee dress code.
The real problem is people’s apparent inability to see Brown’s body in clothing that fits and not think about sex.
Brown has become “overwhelmed” by he national attention and closed her Instagram account. "I just wish they would respect me and focus on the positive and what truly matters — which is educating the children of the future generations and providing and caring for them,“ Brown told the Daily Dot. She might be thinking about some of these issues:
1. Georgia’s proposed “Opportunity School District” is threatening local control of schools.
In November, Georgians will vote on Amendment 1 which would create one state-wide school district under control of an “education czar.” Critics say it will wrest control of schooling away from local communities and silence parents and teachers.
2. Starting salaries for Atlanta public school teachers aren’t exactly enticing.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the average starting salary for a public school teacher in the metro Atlanta area is $44,312. In a city where a fairly-priced two-bedroom apartment costs almost $1,000 a month, that’s technically affordable, but doesn’t leave a lot of breathing room — especially if said teacher needs wants to start, and house, a family.
3. The school-to-prison pipeline affects students across Georgia.
Across the state of Georgia, black children comprise 37% of public school students but 67% of those suspended and 64% of those expelled. In Atlanta, black children are slightly less than 80% of enrolled students, but 94% of those who are suspended.
The school hopes to turn around the alarming indicators for LGBTQ youth that have become more documented as the population becomes more visible, while providing a learning environment for these and other students that allows them to succeed.
“No one is ever too old to learn. Therefore, you should take advantage of every educational facility. If you should here of a great man or woman who is to lecture or speak in your town on any given subject and the person is an authority on the subject, always make time to go and hear him. This is what is meant by learning from others.” ~ Marcus Garvey