Teaching tomorrow

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Ryan Huling

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Enabling students to be powerful doers

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While the amount of writing I do about politics and the climate may seem excessive, there is a reason I write about it. I am not the main character of life. The Harry Potter of the Cenozoic Era, the Mario of recorded history. That isn’t me.

Beyond my lifespan will exist countless generations of scholars and singers and slumps. And someone has to be there for them, namely teachers.

Now, I may be biased based on my family tree and current academic goal (majoring in English education), but I can’t see a reason why the world doesn’t need the support of teachers. While this argument seems pretty easy to discuss, it’s the “how” that I am more focused on.

Children have always been a key piece of the puzzle of life and are in need of effective teachers to educate and encourage them. Not all students, however, are getting the education they deserve and the problem lies in the stigma of how easy teaching is.

Whether from “Annie Hall” or “School of Rock,” the quote “those who can’t do, teach” isn’t one helping teachers’ cases. They face a difficult task when it comes to convincing children and young adults that curriculum is worth learning.

There is an immense amount of stress sitting on their shoulders, considering their actions can have an effect on how children grow.

The way teachers conduct their work, whether it’s a kindergarten educator or a top administrator, should focus on the students. Students come in all shapes and sizes, from different homes with different backgrounds and they all have colossal dreams.

While not everyone may get to see it, the things students can do is only limited by the resources they are provided. I don’t mean every student needs a $2,000 laptop and a rich school district — it isn’t about money.

What students need is attention, encouragement and an education that fits their needs. Every student does not fit the standard teaching formula. Students have a drive to learn, even if it may be hard to find. They need teachers who enable them to conquer their imagination.

If my parents have taught me anything about teaching, it’s the reward that comes from it. Students can bring joy to many teachers with the things they come up with. Whether it’s a research project, artistic endeavor or intriguing question, students do more than offer job security to their teachers.

Teaching is more than a business. It is run on the basis of raising students to be the best they can be. A teacher has to adapt and face challenges each day while continuing to put on a smile for each class period every day. There are no “tired days.” For as far as I can think back, I never remember one of my teachers not giving it their all every day.

To the idea that “those who can’t do, teach,” I say teachers get to work the best job in the world.

There is so much that goes into running a school, jobs many people don’t even see. I have met teachers from many grade levels who will say they are lucky to do what they do, and it’s not because of the money.

My father wouldn’t continue to teach seventh grade after more than 20 years if he didn’t enjoy it.

To those who can do: Teach.

But that’s just my two cents.

Huling can be reached at [email protected]

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