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World Teachers’ Day 2014


“Teachers are an investment for the future of countries. What today’s children will face in adult life cannot be predicted and so the teachers of today and tomorrow need the skills, knowledge and support that will enable them to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.
This year on 5 October, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day. The day commemorates the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers in 1966. This recommendation is morally binding for all countries.”
UNESCO and partners working to provide every learner with professionally-trained, motivated and well-supported teachers … Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General  (link)
This time last year I wrote about this day. This year I’m writing again having just read this article, and had a laugh over this blog post.

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It seems whenever the subject of teachers arises so many are so consumed by the hours (or lack thereof), huge pay and easy workload.
Just for once I’d love to read …
“Teachers have it great! They get to interact daily with our children. They are a positive part of our children’s lives. Sure the resources mightn’t be always great but they are resourceful and will ensure children’s needs are met (to the best of their ability). Each day they get to witness milestones in the lives of our precious children.”
Or even …
“Teachers have it easy! The pay is higher than mine and their hours are much less. Their tasks are less time consuming than my current job description. They get excessive holidays. I AM GOING TO TRAIN TO BE A TEACHER!”
Job perks are often perceived differently from the outside. Many jobs come with perks but for every perk there are trade-offs. Movie stars get to travel in luxury and have large wealth but the trade-off is on a bad hair day they are public property. Teaching has perks not available to everyone such reduced childcare needs during the school holidays but the trade-off is you rarely get to see your children participate in school activities.

All jobs have their difficult moments but if you enjoy what you do you will find the silver lining. Like all jobs though, if you are there just for the money or the hours you won’t find happiness. You spend too long at work to be unhappy. To anyone considering joining the profession I’d say don’t be put off by the stories of ‘Woe is me’. The rewards will significantly outweigh the problems.
Would you trade your job to be a teacher? How different would your life be? Thoughts?

PS  Dare I tell you, due to school holidays, World Teachers Day is celebrated in Australia on the last Friday in October?


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

5 thoughts on “World Teachers’ Day 2014

  1. I’ve always thought my Husband should be a teacher. Despite being overwhelmed by our 6 kids at times, he is wonderfully patient with them when it comes to explaining things.
    Teachers do a wonderful job. I am in awe when I watch them at their job.

    • I believe most teachers have their students’ best interests at heart and was always pleased with the teachers of my children. As a teacher my aim is to run a class I’d be happy to have my own child in. It keeps me aware of the individuals that are sitting in my room .

  2. I was lucky enough to be in school when the teachers, as a group, were at their finest. Maybe the students were at their best too back then. I was also lucky enough to be in a school district that was relatively new at the time. This meant we got the finest of the finest of everything including new school buildings. Most of my teachers (not all though) gave 110% of themselves to me and my education.

    School policies are so different than they used to be. This, I believe, is one of the major reasons why teachers, as a group, are looking so bad. It isn’t the only reason, assuredly. As a whole, I don’t think there are very many people, in general, who give 110% anymore unless they’re going to be paid at least double for it. Our country has become extraordinarily greedy.

    • I believe people still join the ‘caring professions’ with a desire to help and that they genuinely give more of themselves than is required by the job description. I have friends and family who are nurses, doctors, social workers , psychologists and teachers to name a few. I don’t believe that are money driven to perform for if they were they’d be moving on fast. I agree some are greedy and it’s disappointing to see those that amass the excessively large fortunes of money richness don’t share with the community this treasure ( though even in those groups some are philanthropists).
      As to schools and teachers , when I was at school I wonder if anyone ever questioned the holiday entitlement , or the fact that all kids were reading from the same reader ( we had a wonderful one ‘Open Road to Reading’) when some struggled and others blitzed it , or that their child was humiliated and put down if they did struggle, caned until they learned power was in the hands of those older and larger, or watched the suffering from these barbaric actions…my rant – I could go on forever. Seems as the teachers softened and became more caring they became the scapegoat of those that bear the scars.

  3. Teachers ARE awesome! I could not do their job so remain in awe of how they keep motivated and fabulous. I had lots to do with my children’s primary school (served on boards and committees etc) so got to know not just my children’s teachers, but the staff as a whole. And I repeat, they are awesome. Secondary school is a bit different, the schools are so much bigger (1000 students as compared to 300) and everything is so different, but again, the teachers are awesome. Sure you get some that are less engaged, but hey, that’s life in the real world as well. I did consider training as a teacher but realized that sadly I don’t have the talents or temperament so averted a disaster for those poor children who would have been saddled with me.

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