My sister forwarded this link to me. It says exactly what I’ve struggled to articulate to so many people on so many occasions.
Reading these words, they may sound a little rant-y, but I think it’s just a passionate expression illustrating why the profession of teaching is so undervalued in our society. It’s not meant to belittle those who aren’t in education, but rather to try to express the absurdity that is how oversimplified most people see the work of teachers.
Read if you’d like. I hope that fellow teachers breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing acknowledgement of their hard work. That’s what I did. I hope that non-teachers take this opportunity to see the perspective of a former-teacher turned lawyer and education advocate.
by Sarah Blaine
We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class for thirteen years. We encountered dozens of teachers. We had our kindergarten teachers and our first grade teachers and our fifth grade teachers and our gym teachers and our art teachers and our music teachers. We had our science teachers and our social studies teachers and our English teachers and our math teachers. If we were lucky, we might even have had our Latin teachers or our Spanish teachers or our physics teachers or our psychology teachers. Heck, I even had a seventh grade “Communications Skills” teacher. We had our guidance counselors and our principals and some of us had our special education teachers and our study hall monitors.
So we know teachers. We get teachers. We know…
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