Education: What hasn’t changed in 20 years

ImageTwenty years ago I taught. Now I’m teaching again. And, man, things have changed!

It used to be that students had to respect the teacher. Now it is the teacher that has to respect the students.

What hasn’t changed though is the love you give the kids. If you’re not teaching because of love, you’re in the wrong profession. After all, it is a people profession.

Love makes the difference. It goes the extra mile. It helps that student who’s lagging behind. It spend more time planning lessons, grading homework. It gives of itself unselfishly. Love never fails.

Maybe it’s good that we teachers have to respect the kids now. At least, teacher abuse will be on the decline.

Somethings change radically. Others never change. If you love kids, if you love learning, there will always be a space for you to teach.

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20 thoughts on “Education: What hasn’t changed in 20 years

  1. Yes, there has been a change in the outlook about teachers. Parents, too often, believe the student is always right. I think teaching has always been about mutual respect. Just this weekend, I attended a 30-year reunion of one of my senior English classes. Seeing these “boys” now grown into men about whom society can be proud, was a glorious experience. One of the speakers, in talking about the teachers who were invited, said about me, “Mrs. Brown always treated us like intelligent young adults, with respect.” You are right, treat them with love and teaching is a joy.

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  4. This is an interesting perspective on what makes a good teacher.

    In my 20 years’ experience as a high school principal, I came to a similar conclusion. For example, I learned that most who came to teaching as a second career lacked the basic motivation for good teachers–a love for children and a burning desire to be part of their development as well rounded human beings. Instead, many came to teaching as an escape from another profession or due to a job loss in another profession. All too often, their motivation was simply getting a job and summers off. As a result, they were failures as teachers.

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