It almost goes without saying that CCSC teachers share a strong commitment to social justice, to closing the “opportunity gap” in America by providing their students with a first-rate public education. Here, in the second in our series of Why I Teach posts, math teacher Tabitha Schober writes about her commitment to being “an agent of social change.”
Why I Teach, by Tabitha Schober
For me, being a teacher is about being an agent of social change. I think the most effective instrument for change is education. I love working with young people and, on a daily basis, I aspire to ‘Be the change I want to see in the world.’
There are inequities in this world that keep me up at night. For example, the fact that the quality of education received in the United States is correlated with economic background is in direct violation of the freedoms and rights promised by the founders of this nation. I do not want to participate in the game of life when the rules are rigged. The work we do here at CCSC is about distributing the game pieces more justly before the game is played; we want our students to be equally well prepared for college and careers regardless of race, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.
I believe all young people have the ability and the right to be successful. My mission as a teacher is to provide my students with the love, support, and high expectations they need and deserve to succeed.
I love working at CCSC because I am part of a powerful community of teachers and learners where all students are known really well by at least one adult but in most cases by five or six adults. There is a sense of urgency that prevails in our community with all eyes on success here and, most importantly, in the years beyond high school.
A Boston University graduate, Ms. Schober earned her master’s in education at Lesley University. Visit her faculty page on the CCSC website to see homework assignments for Algebra I classes.