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In the 10-minute spoken resignation, posted on YoutubeTuesdayunder the username Iquityoucantfireme , Rubenstein explains why she is quitting and addresses several major problems she says she has faced as a teacher in the U.S. public education system.
"I was proud to say I was a teacher," Rubenstein tells the camera, after describing how she abandoned a career in public relations to "do something meaningful" with her life. "But over the past 15 years, I've experienced the depressing, gradual downfall and misdirection of communication that has slowly eaten away at my love of teaching."
"Raising students' test scores on standardized tests is now the only goal, and in order to achieve it the creativity, flexibility and spontinaety that create authentic learning environments have been eliminated. ... Everything I love about teaching is extinct," she continues.
Rubenstein's resignation stems from a dispute between four Lincoln Elementary School teachers -- Rubenstein included -- and North Shore School District 112 administrators. As Highland Park News reports, Rubenstein and her colleagues received letters detailing their mandated transfer to other schools in the district and were given 21 days to respond.
In the video, Rubenstein states that the letter cited a "poor climate" in the building as the reason for her involuntary transfer. "But the truth is, I'm just not a 'yes man,'" she claims in her video.
Administrators contend, however, that such a transfer is not used to punish teachers, Highland Park News notes.
Rubenstein's resignation and the teacher transfers will likely be discussed at a school board meetingThursdaynight. Pamela Kramer, president of the North Shore Education Association teachers union, said the district did not violate its contract . Nevertheless, she expects the meeting to draw a crowd, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Earlier this year, a New York high school teacher's resignation garnered widespread attention on social media after he posted the letter on Facebook along with a photo of Porky Pig saying, "That's All Folks."
"I am not leaving my profession," Gerald Conti explained in the letter, "in truth, it has left me. It no longer exists."