When this story came across my news feed, I read it, and skimmed through the thousands of comments. In the end, I arrived at a question: when did the profession of teaching fall from grace?
Teaching, once a revered and respected profession, has seemingly become one of increased scrutiny, speculation, and disrespect. Every move teachers make seems to place them under the proverbial microscope. Why?
Today’s post does not attempt to answer that question. I instead invite commentary to be used for later analysis and discussion. Instead, I write today to simply offer this late breaking news: teachers are humans, too.
Teachers may seem like super heros. Afterall, they balance books, manage to squeeze 30-plus desks, students, and supplies into a closet-like space, all while memorizing hundreds of names and faces. They have 360-degree vision, supersonic hearing, and heightened senses even Spiderman is jealous of. They have photographic memory, are geniuses, and though their profession lists “teacher,” they are also doctors, counselors, producers, actors, coaches, therapists, hair stylists, seamstresses, chefs, chauffeurs, and a miriad of other positions.
Yes…teachers seem perfect, and we often don’t realize they’re not until their mortality shows, then all hell breaks loose. It’s similar to Superman, Batman, or Spiderman who all experienced a momentary fall from grace where the ones who once hailed them, failed them. The one moment the teacher’s memory fails, or her strength lessens and she drops the ball, or his patience wanes and he loses his temper. It’s then that the stakes and daggers come out.
I realize that just like there are super heros, there are also villians in the profession of teaching. This post is not about them. I challenge you to support your heros. Though they don a cape, and take on the roles of many, they’re really just people in disguise. Cut them, and they’ll bleed. Hit them physically or verbally, and they’ll hurt. They may seem like geniuses, but they really don’t know it all. Their professional trainings were in the methods of teaching, not medicine or magic, so chances are they will not be able to diagnose and fix all that ails or hinders your child. Just like you have good and bad days, so will they. Think of what helps and supports you through those moments and share them. Afterall, teachers are people, too.