If Twitter hashtags are to be believed, it's Teacher Appreciation Week.
I'm not in the education workforce but I know plenty of people who are. One of my exes is currently a teacher, I've got a few friends in the field too, many of my trading partners on here are known to be teachers, and a few of my friends on Twitter are also teachers. Further reinforcing the rule that you need to be a teacher or lawyer to be a baseball blogger (note, I hope I can break that mold one day if I manage to make it in the field I'm trying to enter).
Even though I'm not a teacher, I do have a general idea of what it takes to get to being a teacher and how the rewards greatly outweigh the benefits. Or at least they do in New York City. For any teachers out there feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but my limited understanding of the road to teaching is kind of like this...
You go through college majoring in education and one other subject, then near the end your college career you begin to log long hours of fieldwork (internships?) to get used to the grind of teaching on a daily basis and constantly coming up with lesson plans using the time you have when you're not teaching (which is basically whenever you're not sleeping).
Then you graduate with loads of debt on your shoulders along with a temporary teaching license. Then you're given a certain amount of time to go after a permanent one. The requirements for which include getting a masters and gaining several years worth of experience in a real school. All while likely getting paid jack shit. Good luck with that.
After that I'd assume you start looking for a school that'll actually hire you and possibly give you tenure/benefits/a pension etc... But chances are you're going to see that the only jobs available are charter schools with high turnover rates because those schools happen to be bad places to work. Then the rest of your career begins and you either leave teaching and opt for a more administrative role a few years in because of sheer burnout, or you stay behind because you're the weirdo who actually has an odd sense of pride, love and passion in what you do.
And after (hopefully?) decades of teaching, you'll grow old while probably still being in college loan debt with absolutely nothing in terms of post-retirement savings, and a pension that probably won't pay out when you want/need it to.
This is also omitting the stresses of the job itself which includes (but isn't limited to) having to deal with demon spawn, the parents of said demon spawn who really show that the apples don't fall far from the tree, the demands of an education system that relies far too much on standardized testing, shrinking budgets and the myriad of ways violence can erupt in a school-zone.
Hmm... now that I type all of this out, I think the picture I painted of the teaching profession is a lot more grim than it actually is. But this is my perception of what the teaching life is like based on a). what my ex went/is going through and b). articles on the Washington Post/New York Times/Atlantic that make teaching seem like one of the shittiest job ever.
What I can say as an undeniable fact is that I could never be a teacher. Not full time at least. I'd be the guy who'd just drudge through reluctantly for five years before giving up and publishing a book about child psychology hoping the royalties can pay for my morning coffee.
What is also an undeniable fact is that I have a huge appreciation for teachers who are really good at at what they do. Even moreso after I found out what had to go into them reaching the jobs they're in now. It is a tough ass job that's also extremely important, and I tip my hat off to those that choose to stay with it.
They deserve a lot more credit and respect than just during the span of a week, and they damn sure deserve a lot more in terms of wages and benefits. I'm not the first to utter that opinion and I won't be the last either because life is terrible.
Still though, shout outs to Fuji, Tom and everybody else in teaching. You're great.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).