A few days ago a friend/colleague of mine posted an article to Facebook called “A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher.” Well, can’t NOT click that one!
Upon reading it, it became clear to me that the author had some very good points. My biggest point of agreement is that we are inundated with testing that has no educational significance on our students. It is difficult to work in a profession that is constantly being meddled with by politicians that simply do not know enough our schools and school systems to make educated decisions. It isn’t fair to educators that we must bend to the will of those higher up without being able to give our input or, heaven forbid, make the decisions best for our school on our own.
I do not fully agree with this article, though. You see, I don’t think it is fair to be telling young people that becoming a teacher is a bad idea. I love it, and I’m beginning my career in what is arguably American education’s darkest hour. So, I started thinking about just why I love it so much.
I love it because working in the education system gives me hope. I am filled with hope when I see young kids do well in subjects that they thought they were terrible at. I am filled with hope whenever my colleagues and I work together to create a new lesson that goes far beyond the mandated standards. I am filled with hope whenever I think about the impact I am making on the education system, even at the local level. If all educators could feel this hope, I think we would start to see some major change in our country.
So, I think the article should have gone more along the lines of, “A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher if You Have No Hope No The Future.” After all, there are people out there that simply do not. It is my humble opinion that perhaps they would be better suited for data input or something (where they would make more money anyway).
Also, this fills me with hope: