There is always hope

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:

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I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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2 comments on “There is always hope
  1. Casey says:

    Enjoyed the article and post, thanks. Unrelated question: my friend in PT school is interviewing to be a graduate student assistant for undergrad intro bio courses & brought up the question of what to do about students who don’t want to learn the material. It might be a required class, but if they don’t care about the subject & not motivated by GPA, how do you get them to care? Thoughts about how to address this in high school classroom?

    • Josh says:

      Unfortunately, we’re always going to have students like this. What I find works best is to establish a good rapport with them. If you can connect with them on a (semi) personal level, they will be more willing to work on your classwork. Who knows, maybe they’ll even learn to love the subject!

      Also, just be funny! If a student is on their toes and enjoys the dialogue in your class, they’ll be more likely to be engaged.

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