Recently, a teacher complained of the never-ending workload and how her boss doesn't appreciate her effort. She remarked that she has learnt to just do the minimum in school and conserve her energy. So when she gets home, she can focus on teaching her own kids. Though she thinks she is underpaid for the kind of work she is doing, she likes the perks that comes with it (i.e. she can take unpaid leave for extended amount of time after childbirth), so in the near term, she won't quit.
Frankly, no matter how often I have heard it (from many people), I'm still troubled and appalled by such comments.
Regardless of the kind of jobs we do, there will always be moments when we feel we are overworked or we meet unappreciative bosses. If not, there will be other kinds of discouragement. So I can understand the human tendency to think of doing the minimum just to get by.
But in some professions when our dedication and efforts will have a more direct impact on someone else's lives, it is unethical and irresponsible to think this way. Teaching is one such profession when one should always be dedicated regardless of the working conditions, after all, the children are dependent on the teaching efforts.
Luckily, for every teacher who gives me this poor impression, I meet another few who come across as extremely dedicated.
I remain hopeful that my children will meet responsible teachers who view their teaching role to be more than just a job to bring in the dough.
But I also remind myself that we should not be depending solely on school teachers to coach our kids. After all, in most cases, we can't choose the teachers our kids get and like it or not, there are all kinds out there.