Teachers do one of the most important jobs in existence. It’s not what anyone would call an easy job, either. With ever-growing class sizes and constant budget cuts, you sometimes wonder why anyone would become a teacher. It’s certainly not for the money (at least not in the U.S.). They do it because they want to make a difference, and a good teacher can change a kid’s life. And despite all that, they’re still underappreciated. Some people don’t even see it as a real job. So while teachers and families are getting ready for the next school year, we put together 21 reasons teachers don’t get nearly enough credit for what they do. Because, let’s face it: None of us would be where we are today without them.
They come up with creative solutions to modern problems.
They know how to make sure a student never forgets to bring a pencil to class again.
They aren’t afraid to make complete fools of themselves to motivate their students.
Seriously, they’ll do just about anything.
They go above and beyond to help struggling students.
And work late into the night (and on weekends) grading papers and preparing for the next day.
They’re constantly coming up with new lesson plans to make sure kids get the most out of class.
They know it’s important to have fun sometimes.
They are way underpaid. The average starting salary in the U.S. is $30,000 per year.
They pay for their own classroom supplies, as well as the professional development classes and certification tests they need to keep their licenses.
Sweeping changes to how they do their job come from politicians who’ve never taught a day in their lives.
Budget cuts mean one teacher can have up to 40 kids in a single class.
And somehow, they’re expected to find the time to personalize every lesson to each student.
And just teaching kids isn’t enough; they’re also expected to be psychologists, baby sitters or even third parents.
They’re pressured to teach to a standardized test, leaving little room for actual education.
And despite all this, they constantly hear the same things. Like, “You’re overpaid.”
“You only work from 7 to 3.”
“Those who can’t do, teach.”
“You can’t complain — you get summers off.” (OK, this part is pretty great, even if they have to spend some of it preparing for next year.)
And through all of that, they stick with it.
Because these kids are too important to give up on.