“Teaching is just not what it used to be.” I translate this to mean…
-Teaching now requires more work
-Teaching now requires less control
-Teaching now requires higher accountability
These 3 statements encompass most of the complaints we hear today: longer hours, working in the summer, too many mandates, too many initiatives, high stakes testing, too much testing, student behavior, etc.
Yes, we must acknowledge real issues in education. But more importantly, we must acknowledge that we (society and educators) create what “teaching is.” Teaching is simply deciding that perceived barriers aren’t an excuse to not be awesome for students.
I’m glad teaching isn’t what it used to be. Let’s make it what it should be.