The Teaching Tightrope
Teaching is a funny occupation. It’s not a straightforward business where you create a product and the public buys your product. But in a way, I am a salesman. I’m selling knowledge, and the kids are the ones buying it. I have to present it to them in a way they will want to buy it, or they’ll shut down or zone out and not retain anything I’m teaching them. But at the same time, the ones who are REALLY paying for it are the parents. And their idea of what good education is – what they actually want to PAY FOR – might be different than what the kids want to buy. How do you sell to one without alienating the other? What happens when a parent wants you to teach in a way the kids won’t actually learn? It’s a tightrope teachers constantly have to walk (not to mention all the additional considerations of legislation) – but as long as we’re TEACHING them, and they are actually LEARNING – you couldn’t ask for anything more.