Teachers have one of the most important jobs, there is. They have the exhilarating task of inspiring young minds to develop a love for learning. Teachers are also responsible for shaping the minds of a whole new generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, nurses, and engineers. Unfortunately, many teachers have to deal with overcrowded classrooms and dwindling funds for the necessary materials needed to do their jobs effectively. These types of conditions have left many teachers feeling frustrated and burn out.
The ever-increasing class size has minimized the one on one time a teacher has with any student that is struggling and in need of a little more attention than the rest of the class. Many teachers are now spending most of their time trying to gain control of the class because of constant disruptions, leaving less time for teaching the day’s lesson. Luckily, we have teachers who are persistent in their efforts to reach the children that are ready and willing to learn despite all the distractions throughout the day.
For the Love of Teaching
Just to show you the complete selflessness and dedication of many teachers. A recent study revealed 91 percent of teachers from K-12 had spent money out of their own pocket to secure the necessary materials for their classroom. Although it is honorable for teachers to buy essential supplies for their classroom, they should not have to buy supplies since supplies should be provided through school funding. Not to mention, many teachers use outdated equipment and do not have enough textbooks for each of their students. How long do we expect teachers to keep going into their own pocket before they become frustrated? Eventually, all these distractions will start to have a negative effect on any teacher’s ability to educate and motivate their students.
Many teachers love teaching so much; they are continuously learning new or better techniques on how to best educate and inspire their students. It would be devastating to future generations of students to lose that type of dedication and experience. I can’t think of one other profession so deserving of better pay, benefits, and other initiatives.
Some may say that teachers can bring home a pretty decent wage (roughly $43,000 to $47,000) with all they do, it still isn’t good enough. Teachers take on the role of educator, disciplinarian, mentor, counselor, nurse, and role model. In some classrooms, this may be easier said than done. Yet, they still take on the challenge to inspire young minds to develop a passion for learning.
Time to Relax
After the school year has come to an end and the last school bell of the year has rung, many teachers face the burden of finding a summer job to supplement their income, unacceptable. Teachers deserve time to relax and focus on their selves before the upcoming school year. Teachers deserve to be paid during the summer months. I do not mean taking so much out of the checks during the school year to make up for the summer months. Depending on how long they have been teaching, teachers should get 10 to 14 weeks of paid vacation. No teacher should have to worry about taking on a summer job just to make ends meet.
You may be wondering why do I care?
Recently, I watched a story on my local news that talked about bad attendance in the classrooms. Originally, I thought they were talking about the students were not going to class. Imagine my surprise when they said it was the teachers who were not showing up for class. Can you imagine how bad the conditions in the classroom must be for the teachers not to show up? Pretty bad, I am guessing. I believe teachers deserve to be recognized and compensated for the work they do. I do not want to see teachers who are truly passionate about educating and motivating young minds to leave the profession of teaching out of frustration.
It is time to recognize the patience and dedication one must have to become a teacher. We need to make sure that laws are passed that will ensure schools have enough funds to ensure every classroom has necessary materials. Teachers are one of our best resources in preserving the young minds of the future. Let’s start making education a priority and show appreciation for those who have turned their love of learning into a career that will inspire many to be and do whatever they choose.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” -Brad Henry”