Here,at this point, is where I remembered despite the degradation, despite the comments of “Those who can’t, teach” ,there was much good about teaching. There is a concept inherently involved in teaching that a CEO of a company or executive middle manager would never understand much less ever apply in their “professional” lives. The concept is that a teacher changes the lives of everyone around them. A good teacher can create great lives. A CEO can only sell you stuff.
Teachers change the world and protect the future. They are like soldiers, farmers and healers. Without these a society will collapse, and societies without strong teachers do collapse. You can replace businessmen, as we have seen Steve Jobs, or even the whole entire Apple corporation and there is no net negative effect on the world. You could do away with the real estate industry and the world would continue to be sheltered and erect businesses on land. However, if you do away with educators society falls apart.
Yes, there are good things. The good things always outweigh the bad. They outweigh them to the point of being no longer merely good, but being life changing.
I still remember the thrill each and every time a student eats “English pill” and suddenly being able to explain things he or she has struggled with. I remember each and every time, and there were many, when students bounced into class and could not wait to tell me that they used something, a phrase, a conversation, a way to learn new words, that I taught them in the real world outside the class. I remember each goodbye and each feeling of excitement when a student had re-entered my life as an adult, with a job and a family.
It was special because they thought I was important enough to look up and figure out how to contact me , important enough to share these things with. I remember each and every time the student says “I could not have done it without you” and when I told them I had the easy part, they did all the hard work, that smile…it is worth more than all the fortunes of all the people on the Fortune 500., Teachers get paid to make the world better, and that is why it is the greatest job on earth.
Sometimes the hardest part of being a teacher is learning when not to be a teacher.
“You will make an awesome teacher” I tell my friend and the tears got wiped away, her teeth let go of her lips and smile took its place.
Joshua Keidan likes to pretend he is the self proclaimed unofficial official spokesman for Generation X. But he is a teacher. He has been lucky to have taught English to students in South Korea, Thailand, China and Independent Republic of Houston.He hopes, before he retires, to have taught on every continent.