In what’s already become viral amongst educators, one fourth-grade teacher has posted her resignation in an emotional video that’s hard to ignore.

After learning that she would be involuntarily transferred to another Illinois school, Ellie Rubenstein, who became a teacher at 45 years-old, declared that she is tired of being “forced to function as a cog in a wheel” going in the wrong direction.

“I was proud to say I was a teacher,” she explains. “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 spontaneity that create authentic learning environments have been eliminated…Everything I love about teaching is extinct,” she continues.

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Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.