I am an educator. Let me just say that I am not limited to teaching in the classroom. I had maybe one professor in college that I felt adequately prepared me for the students and all of their challenges. However, none of them mentioned the warm reception by society (sarcasm).
If you get a chance please research the “caste system in India.” Supposedly it no longer exists, but try telling that to the Untouchables. This group of people are deemed the outcasts of society and endure great man made barriers every single day.
The teachers and priests under the caste system were at the top of the pyramid of important people in society. In exchange for money in such poor conditions, the educators receive a wealth of praise for their contributions, great status.
The greatest encouragement for the American educator comes from within the fraternity of educators. You see we have to encourage ourselves between the occasional Facebook posts, visits from past students, thank you cards from parents to name a few. Our society has a poor concept of the impact of educators. So much so that applying for other jobs outside of education is extremely challenging. People want to know what makes you want to quit teaching, but seemingly doubt the skills. We are viewed as Cain. Cain? No we didn’t murder anyone or make improper sacrifices, but we are viewed like Cain after he was marked.
Every problem that parents create at home and fail to reconcile before their child gets to school, we fix. When your daily hustle makes you late for pick-up, we entertain them. When you allow your child’s reading level to slip below average, you expect us to fix it. And when your child succeeds, the childcredits us, but parents grow taciturn.
To the world I say our military provides the safety necessary for us to live with minimum threat. Soldiers, because of the discipline that we know they learn and perfect are often favored concerning employment because of their sacrifice. It is well earned and deserved. I would like to think that a teacher somewhere in the life of soldiers helped them along. The same favor and respect should be afforded educators. The fact that we both grow weary in our fight for respect is a sad scenario.
So should I ever have to feel as if we are Untouchable?