“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.”
~ Donald D. Quinn
I read this quote and though about how perfectly it expresses the life of not only a classroom teacher, but an educator in general who deals with students, parents, teachers and community stakeholders, all with different views of how a situation should be handled, who is right, and what constitutes providing students with a quality education. I smiled when I came across this quote because I instantly felt proud to be an educator. I felt proud to be a part of a profession that so many others are built upon.
In most school districts across the country, the school year will be coming to a close within the next two months. For most students, they are eagerly awaiting the end of the school year so that they can enjoy their summer, forget about school and sleep late. For most educators though, the end of the school year means that now it is time to reflect on the school year, attend summer professional development and make plans for the following school year. This is a testament to the commitment and love that educators have for the students they teach every day.
Donald D. Quinn was right to indicate that the job of a teacher is extremely challenging in ways that people in other professions could not comprehend.
Thank you to every dedicated educator who believes enough in our children to treat them with professional excellence and contribute to their success!