Friday, December 28, 2012

Getting an Edu(ma)cation

I never realized what power a person can have. How their control can literally change lives.
I was a substitute this Friday and last for preschool boys and I literally had a life changing revelation. (No singing choir though). Parents only want their child to be happy, to succeed, to be healthy and happy. And everyday they give that massive responsibility to their child's teacher to carry out. They have to believe that the teacher will mold and shape their children into that vision. It's frightening. And then, the teacher her/himself must live up to that incredibly difficult job. They have to show love and firmness, fun and strictness. They have to discipline, educate, model, perform and even teach! Being in a classroom with young kids just made me so scared for my future children. Will they learn? Will their teacher treat them like a curious child, or like a rebellious wreck? Will they fulfill their potential every day? Or fall through the cracks?
It's petrifying to think about.

1 comment:

  1. In the end, a parent is a parent. The parent does the molding; the teacher teaches facts, but doesn't teach your child how to behave, how to look at the world, what their strengths and weaknesses are.

    Parenting should not be outsourced to a teacher. In all my years of school, I never mistook my teacher for my parent.

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