Teaching: A Priceless Profession
What if there was a career that not only inspired people to be lawyers and brain surgeons, but was also responsible for motivating the average fast food employee to take just as much pride and initiative in their work? Although most people underestimate the profound role that educators play in today’s society, teachers have a tremendous responsibility. They have the opportunity to not only challenge their students intellectually, but they can teach them how to gear what they have learned toward positive goals and how to use their knowledge for good.
As a potential educator, it is my hope I can provide a stronger educational background for my students, but more importantly, they will leave my classroom with a strong sense of who they are. I hope to teach them to have compassion and a regard for others. My goal is to help students understand that it does not matter what occupation they end up pursuing. All that matters is that they do their job to the best of their ability. Although a certain career may not pay as much as another, in many other ways, it can be just as rewarding.
I want my students to understand that even though they may be labeled as unimportant by other people, they can still accomplish great things. I have found these principles to be very true after watching the life of my grandfather. He was not a doctor or a great business man, instead, he was a coal miner. In all of the movies, West Virginia’s coal miners are portrayed as leading uneducated and unhappy lifestyles. My grandpa proved that this certainly was not the case. He was one of the smartest men I have ever known and although his job may not have appeared to be of any great importance, he proved that he could accomplish great things. In 1966, a big explosion left eleven men trapped inside the mines. Although told that it was too dangerous to reenter the mine, my grandpa went in alone and found the trapped men who had lost all hope of surviving. That day a lowly coal miner made it out of there safely, saving eleven lives in the process. I can think of no better tribute to him than to continue passing the morals and principles that he taught me to my students. Young people need to understand that although others may appear to be better than them, they can still do great things with their lives. Young people today also need to be told that although a certain lifestyle may provide them riches, it may not provide them with happiness or respect. I am a firm believer that any job can be fulfilling if it makes you happy and as long as you give it your best. That is why I want to become a teacher.
Education plays a very important role in today’s society. Through education, we can shape and mold young minds to become anything they want to be. During my field placement experience at Concord, I received the opportunity to observe a third grade class....