Are teachers undervalued in NYC?

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When I was a kid, I remember looking up to teachers. To me they were larger than life. Points of knowledge and authority, responsible with preparing the next generation of citizens.

As a grown man, I see that teachers are treated as expendable. Students don’t respect them, and some parents don’t either. Here in the U.S, the job is relatively low paying and high pain! Teachers are viewed as baby sitters in some cases, and they are not held to task. Some are great and do a wonderful job, while others are slackers and spend time sitting in the rubber room while collecting a paycheck.

I think if we start to value teachers, we will get more quality teachers, and those of quality already there can return to loving and being proud of their job. At the same time, we can weed out those who are not doing their jobs and lack the passion to teach our young.

Take a look at this post from our friends at Humans of New York, HONY. Though NYC is far different than Thailand in many ways, this is something to think about!

“I taught English in Thailand for a year, and I tried to continue in education when I returned to the United States, but…

Posted by Humans of New York on Tuesday, June 3, 2014



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  • Your assessment is correct. I thank my child’s teachers because I don’t want their job so I appreciate what they have to do everyday. It’s a huge responsibility and they should be paid more and valued by everyone. I hope for positive change in this regard.