Let me start by saying, I truly admire what teachers do. And I do not believe they get paid nearly enough. With my two kids, an occasional bad day can be very draining, much less if I taught 20 of them. We have been very lucky with teachers so far…I have loved all of them! I helped my son’s teacher occasionally this past year and I can certainly see the reward of being a teacher…IF all the children are well behaved. There really are a lot of sweet children out there. But as with most classes, when I occasionally helped his teacher, there were a couple of kids that I found to be rather challenging (to put it nicely); and I bet my child could be one of those challenges at times. His teacher amazed me…she was always so calm and mellow; she just had that soft voice and “the look” that made the kids feel guilty for letting her down. You know “the look” I’m talking about! (I often joked with my husband that she had to drink a lot to be that laid back!) I admired her teaching style.
Now here is the dilemma…as one who grew up in a fairly strict home with discipline, I have decided I am definitely not teacher material. Of course, I certainly agree with taking spanking out of the schools (like they had when I was a kid), but let’s face it, teachers have very little options when it comes to discipline these days. However, I am quite jealous of the many breaks teachers receive. Our county is now on a calendar that has a week-long fall break, a week-long winter break, a week-long spring break, in addition to the normal two weeks of Christmas break. And let’s not forget summer (I realize they do work some in the summer). Think about spending the summer at the pool and having plenty of time to rejuvenate throughout the year! As a working parent I think about all the money I could save on child care/summer camps if my job had the same schedule. My three weeks of vacation certainly does not cover all the school days off. So, I think a new job needs created for those of us that are not meant to be teachers in life, but provides the same work schedule. Any ideas?