You, as a parent, send your child to the school building each day, five days a week to be exact. You expect him or her to receive a good education from a talented individual who has a passion for education. You expect this person to teach exciting lessons making your child, and a dozen others, thrilled to learn something new everyday. After all, this is the educator's only responsibility, right? Wrong. The number one job of a teacher in the State of North Carolina is not to teach. The number one job of a North Carolina teacher is to maintain order and discipline in the classroom. For quite sometime, people everywhere knew for a fact that despite the job title, that the main job of a teacher is to, well, to teach. According to the North Carolina General Statute 115C-307a, it states "To Maintain Order and Discipline. - It shall be the duty of all teachers, including student teachers, substitute teachers, voluntary teachers, and teacher assistants when given authority over some part of the school program by the principal or supervising teacher, to maintain good order and discipline in their respective schools. A teacher, student teacher, substitute teacher, voluntary teacher, or teacher assistant shall report to the principal acts of violence in school and students suspended or expelled from school as required to be reported in accordance with State Board policies." Seems strange? Well in fact, this makes sense. If the teacher cannot maintain order in the classroom, instruction cannot and will not take place. Students have to be well disciplined and focused if they are to be taught the subject material. So does this mean teaching is the secondary job of a teacher? The answer is no. The secondary job of a teacher is "To Provide for General Well-Being of Students". The teacher is to encourage temperance, morality, industry, and neatness and to promote the health, which involves activities such as recess for all students particularly at the elementary level. Now after these two main duties take place, teaching must occur, correct? Part C of the statute indicates that the teacher is "To Provide Some Medical Care to Students". The teacher is to apply some medical assistance to students as a result of instances such as a cut finger or a nosebleed, etc. Any major occurrences must be dealt with at the main office where, at most schools, a registered nurse is located.
So when does teaching occur, you ask? According to NCGS 115C-307(d) the fourth duty of the teacher is stated as follows: "To Teach the Students. - It shall be the duty of all teachers, including student teachers, substitute teachers, voluntary teachers, and teacher assistants when given authority over some part of the school program by the principal or supervising teacher, to teach as thoroughly as they are able all branches which they are required to teach; to provide for singing in the school, and so far as possible to give instruction in the public school music. This particular duty of a teacher, as it is written, seems very outdated as if it were not updated since the late 18oos, perhaps soon after the Civil War ended. The scope of this duty is far out dated, it does not merely describe what an actual school teacher does today in the 21st century. The other duties that a teacher is obliged to fulfill is "To Enter into the Superintendent's Plans for Professional Growth" this is for the teacher's professional growth, not the student, "To Discourage Nonattendance" of the students, "To Make Required Reports" to the principal of the school, and finally "To Take Care of School Buildings". As you can see, to teach in the State of North Carolina alone involves a lot more than just teaching. It is a full time, dedicated position that involves paperwork and documentation just as any other non-teaching job would require, plus the benefit of ensuring that each and every student who walks through the classroom door is receiving a world class education and that the teacher is appeasing both the parental unit and administration from the school level to the top of the State Board of Education.