In San Francisco today, i overheard a conversation between two women on the train. One was discussing her daughter, who she described as studying environmental science, loving every minute of it and being very successful in her studies.
She then commented that her daughter had suggested teaching as a career.
“Teaching? You can do so much better than that” she had told her daughter.
Her mother’s friend added her perspective. “Why would she want to be a teacher when she could be a real scientist? Teaching is something she could always go into later, when she is older.”
I bristled when I heard the words “Teaching? She could do so much better.”
Therein lie our problems. Teaching is seen as a career for those who can’t do any better.
I refuse to mention F#*^%nd again so soon. The place where it is harder to be a teacher than to be a doctor.
Until we fix this perception of teachers we will never fix our educational system.
Fixing this problem is complex and it will take a very long time. When will someone have the courage to start?