As a teacher myself I agree with almost everything in this illustration. The only part I disagree is the “teaching is a calling, not just a job”. One of my professors at the university said something I will never forget about calling a teacher’s job a “calling”. She said that we are not priests or nuns who had a calling from God or whatever. It is simply something that we teachers love to do, and in the moment we say “it is a calling” there is a cultural understatement (at least here in Brazil) that the terrible salaries we get are justifiable. There are even some people from government saying that we should not ask for more money (A.K.A a decent living wage) because we chose our profession out of love, therefore we should do it for love. Let’s see if they would govern for love as well O.o
So… NO! teaching is not a “calling”. I CHOSE this profession because I wanted to be a teacher (AS A CAREER), I love to be in a classroom the same way someone who studies to be a doctor simply wants to save lives and the same way… ah you get the idea! So yeah, it’s not just a job (there are its challenges for sure… like the ones mentioned above), but it is a JOB nevertheless.
What we don’t want is that this “calling” thing becomes a pretext to not pay us right. Teaching is not a charity. We have bills to pay. We have dreams. We want to acquire stuff too.
My class on Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life ends this week. In only a few weeks I’ve learn so much about the story of astrobiology, the origin of life, the possibility of life in other planets (and moons!) and the advances in science so far.