If there’s one thing I learned in the past year, it’s that there are certain professions and industries which sustain our entire existence; there are certain professions and industries that hold up the entirety of society.
Schools, teachers, education–we function, we thrive, thanks to the (public) education system(s).
I knew implicitly how much schools provided, but I don’t think I understood the reach or magnitude until the buildings closed, and the way of schooling transformed, overnight. And I know those who had no idea previously, were even more shocked.
Teaching is essential. And to be able to provide such an essential service, to teach, is an incredible opportunity and noble work–and for that, I teach.
– You work hard to keep the attention of a distracted crowd. – Your fans freak out when they see you in public. – Groupies line up to follow you everywhere. – You hear your name being called out all the time.
**Quote attributed to several sources and images, exact source unknown
I’m an avid reader. If I wasn’t a teacher, I would still read; however, it is thanks to teaching that I have continued reading and discovering the very best children’s books, picture books, and young adult books.
It is through, and thanks, to my work, that the whole realm of possibility was never shut down or shut away. It is through, and thanks, to my work that I am the best aunt, the best friend, the best neighbor, the best (insert anyone) giving out books at parties or making book recommendations for kids–or at least I consider myself that 😜
Today, I must admit that one of the best reasons, one of the reasons to keep teaching, is getting access to the latest and greatest books.