Humanity · Learning

So much to do in so little time.

Teachers and students are warriors.

What is expected of them is far greater than you could imagine.

Through my teacher education program, I am student teaching a from August to May while also taking 12 credit hours of coursework per semester. In case you didn’t know, most graduate students take around 8 credit hours, without also student teaching.

So I’m getting a taste of both worlds — of a teacher and of a student.

Teachers are asked to accommodate lots of different situation. They are evaluated strictly based on a variety of variables. Teachers are expected to leave no student behind, which requires lots of extra, voluntary time and effort. Teachers are paid minimally but expected to go above and beyond expectation.

Society also does this to our students. Students are asked to write 10 page papers over topics that they only may be able to come up with 3 pages for. Students are expected to excel and earn high scores, even when they’re distracted by home life, where their next meal will be, where they might sleep that night…

Teachers and students are warriors.

They are racing against the clock to complete a lesson in time for ISTEP. They are constantly working to out-perform another country, because that’s what we value — being the best compared to others. Instead of being the best that you can be.

I challenge you, next time you judge a teacher or a student, to think about what our education system asks of them.

Furthermore, I challenge you to think twice before you pass judgement on any individual.

You don’t know the details hidden behind a behavior.

You don’t know what’s weighing a person down.

They might be racing against time to complete more than they have time for.

Grading 150 papers that are 10 pages each, because that’s what administers expect…

Or writing a paper that is supposed to be 10 pages, but can only pound out 3…

Teachers, students, think about what you are doing. Be aware of the nuances. Try to appreciate where you are both coming from.

There’s just too much to do, and so little time…

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