I used to be an ET. I think some of you know that. I remember having a conversation with some fellow male teachers down the pub one Friday after school. The comment has stuck in my head all these years later.
“We are just glorified babysitters you know”.
Now I imagine people being upset to hear this. Other teachers and also parents. What would the kids think of such a comment?
this particular teacher added that “once they learn to read and do basic math, the rest is just icing on the cake.”
To my mind there is some truth in what he is saying. We used to teach all subjects in those days, including Art, Craft, Music, whether we were good at it or not. I struggled preparing lessons for Craft and Science was also a major headache. But maybe it didn’t matter.maybe the kids didn’t care much what they studied. I don’t know.
There is a lot of “downtime” at school. Where it helps to have some ideas to "entertain " the kids. it’s not all serious study. If I look back now, I think I was taking the whole thing way too seriously. And myself seriously as well.
I’m sure parents are glad to have a break from their kids. Maybe they don’t care much what the kids do at school.