Teachers in our society

My first post about culture had to do with education. One of the most important topics I think needs to be discussed in a society is education. Teachers in our society do not hold the place that they should, they should be one of the most respected better paid jobs in our society but they are not.

I had the chance to grow up in a different country and actually be in their educational system. I pointed some of the differences in a past article if you care to read. In Colombia teachers have a lot more respect than they do here in the United States, but they are still underpaid and not as taken care of as they should be.

To me teachers are the fundamental pillars of our society; they shape what becomes of the future by educating our children. The teachers that we have encountered in our lives have already shaped who we are. Our society sometimes really ignores that little fact about teachers. Our kids spend most of their forming years with teachers and not the parents, especially if both parents work and are not able to dedicate time to their children education. They shape their minds and we need to be thankful for that. Also we need to be involved and make sure that our kids are getting everything they need to become productive members of society.

One of the sayings that really irritates me is; “Those that cannot do, teach.” Or the other variation of it, “Coach.” It really bothers me that in a society like ours there is not a more respectful way to look at teachers. I am not saying this is the norm, but that a saying like this one even exists shows the lack of respect for the profession.

The last thing that I will mention on my list of things that I think are unfair towards teachers is their salary. For the most part in the public school systems teachers are paid so little that someone with the aptitude to be a teacher might not become one just because they desire a higher standard of living. This could also be a positive because I guess a lot of the people that do teach do it because it is their vocation and not a goldmine.

Still I think that teachers need to be more appreciated, respected and remunerated in our society. I know many of my teachers made a positive impact in my life making me the person that I am now. My love for reading, my almost legible handwriting, and my appreciation of classical music are just some examples that can all be attributed to great teachers that left a mark in my hearth beyond just the subject they were teaching. I would like to thank them for all their efforts.

9 Responses to Teachers in our society

  1. Good post. I remember having all really nice teachers growing up except for one in particular.

    She made me very self concious and really impacted my self esteem in a negative way. Something teachers are suppose to do the opposite of. It was hard dealing with certain situations from then on out because the things she said to me were very scarring.

    In high school I had two teachers that I remember so clearly to this day who were married to each other but taught seperate classes. They were both very kind & very willing to interact with the students on more than just a teacher/student level.

    I learned a lot from the both of them & I still to this day miss walking into class everyday to see them. Sometimes I wish to go back to my old school in hopes that they are there and just let them know how much they built me up as a person.

    I will never forget them.

  2. Good teachers are the key-they don’t need to be ‘nice’ to be good. What a shame that here, we don’t have nearly enough-too many being ‘nice’ and afraid to be good.

  3. Pues lo que veo de diferente es que aquí tratamos a los profesores más amablemente y algunos pueden llegar a ser amigos de los estudiantes, eso sí con respeto siempre. Y claro no les pagan mucho, como a casi nadie le pegan bien en este país…

  4. well my dad has been a teacher for almost 33 years so i know that everything you are saying here is more than correct. jus like yesterday i had the same conversation with a friend.

  5. I couldn’t agree more. I have felt for years that teachers were under appreciated. They shouldn’t have to fight for payraises.

  6. I used to be a teacher and I got ousted because of lack of tenure and politics. At the time I could not go back into teaching because of the low salary that would no cover my loans from becoming a teacher. It is a SIN that in this country you need a degree to teach but that in most cases the salary you get hardly allow one to live and pay of the loans they accured to go into such a noble profession.

    The other thing that bothers me is that people always say “Oh sure your salary is lower but you only work 9-10 months out of the year.” Ask any teacher. They work nights and weekends grading papers and coming up with creative lesson plans. They work summers to supplement the poor income that they receive the rest of the year. And they do it all because they care, the are dedicated and they have a passion for what they do.

    I agree 110% – something has to change. Really.

  7. I want to be one of those teachers that people remember with a smile. I agree Logtar, teachers should hold a plae of respect in our society, much like I beleive that our elders should do as well, instead of being stuck in “retirement homes”. They are our teachers too.

  8. i really like your article on this. i agree that teachers dont get the respect that they deserve. as a high schooler lots of the kids treat the teachers as if they were one of the kids… they say “hey miss!” or “ehh mr!”. the vulgar language that the kids use around the teachers, and that must hurt them inside. So thank you for posting something like this i appreciate the fact that you take the time to give teachers credit.

  9. thank you very much for such an inspirational post. I am studyng teaching still young and fresh .I love kids and i want to ensure that i share my skills and knowledge wth them . I really want South Africa to be better one day thank you

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