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Ellie Rubenstein “In Pursuit of Happiness”
Ellie Rubenstein's emotional 10 minute video resignation from teaching has almost hit 600,000 views. In the video, Rubenstein begins the by explaining her "midlife crisis" in which she left her career in business to earn a master's degree in education. She did it during nights while raising her twin children. She devoted another 15 years of her life in the classroom, becoming a well-liked veteran teacher.
She's disillusioned and distraught about her area school system's situation and her own as she says goodbye in her YouTube farewell. She was shattered after getting news that she would be forced to transfer to another school. The tone of the video is appropriately dramatic for what Rubenstein is expressing, she sees a “depressing gradual downfall and misdirection of education,” pointing the finger at a greater emphasis on student's test scores rather than their well-being.
The former fourth grade teacher who taught in Highland Park, Illinois said that she had to get out of the situation before her sense of self worth was completely obliterated. She posted the video under the username Iquityoucantfireme, a suggestion that resigning was her only clean way out of being transferred against her wishes.
She claims that raising students' test scores on standardized tests is now the only goal, and in order to achieve it the creativity, flexibility and spontaneity that create authentic learning environments have been eliminated.
'Everything I love about teaching is extinct,' she said.
You can see an edited-down version or the full version of the video by following the links below.
How do you feel about the current state of K-12 education in the United States? Do you have opinions as strong as Rubenstein's? Do they align? Are they completely different? We want to know!