Yes,to me,it has been a Manic Monday.I woke at 5 and have just finished writing my last school report.
Life as a teacher,on paper,appears quite a breeze.However,appearances can,and are,deceptive.
True,I don’t work down a mine,or fish for a living like my ancestors,but teaching isn’t as easy as those lovely people who write their own Polemics of us would have you think.
Teaching,is,and always will be vocational,and an awful lot of good will is involved.
It saddens me that so many leave the profession,burnt out,fed up,used,dejected and finished.
Governments past and present tend to perpetuate the myth that teacher could work better,that parents must have choice that anything is possible “if you just apply yourself enough”.
When members of the Teaching profession deliver their counter narrative,they are often labelled as militant,not progressive,and negative.This,I feel ,is then stoked up in the media to a point where many coal face teachers are just walking way before retirement.This isn’t a happy profession for many.
My conclusion is that there are weak teachers,but they are a tiny minority.So,why demonise a the whole bra use of the few.
If society wants good schools,then society needs to become involved too,and give teachers your support,not the constant drip,drip,drip,of negative comments.
So,as we near the end of another academic year,let’s hope that more teachers stay in their posts,as that will be good for our children,and our country as a whole.
I have to say that having taught music and religious studies over many decades,I know just how tough it can be.Yes,I’m tough,as I come from a childhood of Poverty.Over the years,I have had abuse,verbal and physical from pupils and parents.Im still in the job,but sometimes I wonder how,I’m just lucky I suppose.
Many new teachers with great potential do move out of the profession.Not because there bad teachers,but because they can’t cope with the nature of the job.Its like that .
Yes,the sun will come up tomorrow,I will be up again at 5,and I reckon you might be too.All I know is that when we mutually respect each other as professionals,then things have a habit of being so much much more rewarding.
Our country has a culture of negativity that has to be fed,and is often perpetuated by the media.Thats so sad.Real life isn’t scare stories,it’s about people doing their best for one another.