An Oklahoma City teacher penned a brutally honest letter about the state of education that is catching the attention of many on the internet.
Steven Wedel, a high school English teacher in Oklahoma City, wrote the open letter to parents and lawmakers pleading for their help in educating and nurturing students.
The letter addresses low teacher salaries, large class sizes, budget cuts, and the realities teachers deal with on a daily basis.
Wedel first addressed parents, urging them to take a more active role in their students' education.
"Over 90 percent of the kids in my high school are on the free or reduced lunch programs. The walk hand-in-hand with Poverty and its brother Violence... And they continue the cycle you put them in," his letter reads.
The high school teacher also had harsh words for lawmakers who he believes aren't doing enough for the city's school system.
"You whittle away at education funding. You waste the taxpayers' money so that our great state faces unbelievable shortfalls and massive budget cuts. You take home a salary that ranks 10th highest in the nation among state legislators and you are inept, uncaring, and an abomination to our democratic form of government," he wrote.
Wedel says his post has received over 7,000 views in just two days.
My "Open Letter..." blog post from Friday has received 7,365 views in just over two days. In comparison, my entire Web...
You can read the full letter here.