I've got 3 semester left before I graduate as an elementary ed major. The budget that's going to slash education backed by DeVos and Trump are making me want to change my major. I'm feeling really hopeless and tired from stress. I don't know what I can do outside of contacting my ass representatives that don't respond to my calls or emails (I'm in a very red state and I'm a registered independent). Is there anything you would recommend doing? Or alternative majors if it gets worse?
Phew, Grayface, herein lies a pretty major dilemma that the nation is facing right now. Statistically speaking, people enrolling in college teaching programs is down across the country. The Washington Post says that enrollment in teacher programs has decreased 35%.
I can’t really speak to other majors, or other careers. I also can’t speak to what our educational landscape is going to look like for the next four years. I’m scared too. But ultimately I think if you want to be a teacher, you will find a way.
If you don’t, then other opportunities will present themselves and you’ll take them. Teaching continues to be a thankless career, and while I’m not a huge fan of how that fact has been glorified, it’s the truth. Public schools teachers are always at the mercy of those in higher power. Grayface, I suppose you could only work in private schools, but that still wouldn’t completely insulate you. It’s part of the job. Teaching is an act that is inherently political.
Perhaps that’s your answer, your representatives won’t respond to you, but you can teach the next generation to be critical and open-minded. Maybe that’s how you make change, not like a crashing tides, but small, incremental waves washing across the shore.
I really can’t say much more than that, but I wish you the best of luck,