Why Teachers Can't Have Normal Lives
And I couldn't stop thinking about it. My brain started blogging immediately. So forewarning, the rest of this post will be rather preachy and contain the words injustice. I know there's tons of greater injustices going on in our world right now. But I feel very strongly about this subject. My health journey has made me realize many things about balancing work and doing what you can and letting go the rest. So here goes...
Everything written in the linked article is TRUTH, and I agree whole-heartedly with all of it. But I also think to myself. "UGH. BLEH. This IS the root of our problem. This is why children aren't getting the education they need."
I'd like to explain further by writing a response to the article and its many points.
Red = article
Black = my responses
I’m not entirely sure what a normal life is, but the author of this post says they aren’t in the cards for teachers.
I'm not sure what a normal life is either. Do police officers have a normal life? Do doctors have a normal life? Do coal miners have a normal life? My reason for these questions is that there is no normal, and each occupation has its own set of demands, expectations, and frustrations. I would like to discuss further the rising injustice that teachers are experiencing in their set of demands later in this post.
Reality: 75% teaching. 25% everything else we can possibly fit in. The teachers with bleeding hearts (most of us) stay late or take home the rest, sacrificing time with family, health, mental wellbeing, leisure, sleep, and spirituality. This takes its tole on our resiliency, our most needed quality. Any of you teach middle school out there?? Oh yes.....RESILIENCY is a very important quality.