I saw this video today and at the end, it honestly brought tears to my emotionally disinclined eyes.
Okay, so I do have emotions, but rarely does something get me so farklempt.
See, the thing is, for my entire life, my mom’s
told me tried to convince me that I should be an English teacher. Every time she brings it up, I come back with all these different reasons that I don’t want to.
I didn’t like high school kids when I was in high school. English teachers are the most hated group of people amongst the 12-18 year old age group. Considering all the layoffs, it’s close to impossible to get a job teaching. Teacher’s incomes are terrible. And a few others about how I may not be able to refrain from sassing back at parents who think teachers are glorified babysitters.
But after I saw this, I realized the excuses are just excuses. I neglected to consider the impact my 11th grade English teacher had not only on my education, but my life (and my sister’s- she had him the next year). I also failed to recall how much my English 100 teacher empowered my voice as a writer. Basically, we can both thank Mr. Kamei and Vera Austin for the awesomeness you keep coming back for.
So with no further ado:
P.S. Go thank a teacher. And if you’re a parent, thank your kid’s teachers twice.
And if you still think teachers are overpaid, go spend a day with 30 kids who would rather be anywhere else in the world. Then make them do something.