Playing with their future!

Teachers follow students through each pivotal stage of development. At six to eight hours a day, five days a week, you as a teacher are poised to become one of the most influential people in your students’ life. Much of what our students learn from their greatest teachers is not detailed on a syllabus but rather imparting some of life’s most important lessons like ; respect, social relationships and how to grow up into a reasonably responsible and well-rounded adult. A dictionary defines a teacher as a person who teaches but hardly does justice to a profession that reaches far beyond just conveying some knowledge or skill; for there are so many roles a teacher must fulfil. Conselor, entertainer, motivational leader, disciplinarian, comforter, accomplished mind-reader, a guardian who needs to be constantly aware, a mediator who must be unbiased and fair. By whatever means necessary, teachers find a way to to meet the needs of all their students, each and every day.

Their work does not end with the ring of a bell, for teaching is not a job it’s a calling as well… It really does sadden me that parents have no time to teach their very own kids these important life lessons,nevermind sit with homework(bare in mind that being harsh and truthful= a bitter reality). (but that’s another issue altogether). My runt is that teachers often argue that lessons such as manners and respect is the job of the parents but I’m of the opinion that it is just as much the job of the teacher,as you too play a crucial role in those learners lives or have you forgotten your purpose? Teaching is passion driven, it’s underlying drive is to mould holistic youth, not only to push through your jam packed syllabus(strike two).Unfortunately, as each day passes parents are getting less involved in teaching their children simple life lessons and teachers comfort themselves in believing that they have no role to play in this debacle. It is easier to ‘overlook’ lack of respect , discipline and avoid any type of confrontation or conflict in a schooling environment and claim

that: “It isn’t my child, isn’t my problem”. My question is, “Is it really that easy to live with a heavy conscience, in the long run?” , knowing you played a role in “that child” leading a life to abusing drugs or stealing or hurting his/her family and kids, simply because it was “easier” for you than dealing with the than ‘smaller issues’ in school that in turn lead to self-destruction and harmful behaviour around others, whilst under YOUR watchful eye???. We cry about the world being in crises yet we at the pinnacle of its turmoil , because we the teachers of OUR youth, OUR future, constantly choose the effort, smooth sailing way to ignore installation of values in our children. Life values that are more important than any academic lesson found within a textbook.


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