Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thinking about education...

I sort of miss teaching.  No, I don't miss the silly bureaucracy; I miss hanging out with kids.  I don't miss legislators or "experts" who have never tried to teach a class of 30 individuals telling me how to do things.  I miss the excitement students feel when they realize they've mastered a tough skill.  I miss the enthusiasm that circulates the room when we reach the climax of a terrific novel.

Then I remember that things have changed in the last decade or two.  Reading for pleasure has taken a back seat to television, video games, and Youtube.  Vocabularies have declined, attention spans have shrunk, respect for teaching has nearly disappeared.  Maybe I'm glad I'm not still in the classroom.

4 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

how true, I'm happy to be retired from teaching!

Kay said...

Oh me too! I was sad to leave the kids, but not the bureaucracy. I just received a letter from one of the parents of two of my students and I felt a pang of remembrance. Sigh.

dellgirl said...

Nice post, your entire first paragraph fits me to a tee. Those are my thoughts exactly.

I'm just stopping by to say hello and to wish you a nice weekend.

dellgirl said...

Just wanted to stop by to see how you are doing and wish you a happy Weekend!