Saturday, August 30, 2008
This picture was taken in 1938 and shows a school boy in class. The child looks to be bare footed, which was a common thing during this period, as many people simply could not afford shoes for their children. When I see pictures like this, I wonder what ever happened to the child. I wonder if anyone reading this blog can ever remember going to school bare footed . . . if so, we would love to hear your story.
OK, I finished my first week of school in my new career as a school teacher. A couple of comments. First, I think that most people do not appreciate just how hard the job of school teacher is. I think people think of the job as a job where the person gets to go home at 3:30 and gets the whole summer off. The truth is, being a teacher is a very, very hard job. The other thing I see is that the teachers that I am around really care about what they are doing, and are trying hard to positively impact the children. In the past I have had jobs that would be considered very high stress (jobs in National Security, High Technology, executive management). Teaching is by far the hardest thing I have tried to do. All day long, you have wave after wave of kids coming into the classroom. You have to be ready to engage them, maintain control of the classroom, assign and evaluate work. You have 4 minutes between one class and the next. By the end of the day, you are completely exhausted, but you still have to grade papers, and prepare lecture material for the next day.
So, hats off to all the teachers . . . I have a new found respect for what you do.