So it may not be an art post but something I have observed over many years in different educational experiences, is I often see teachers demoralised, and the lack of appreciation and support teachers receive. This is not always the case, but what I do observe is what is focused on is what teachers are not doing, instead of appreciating and confirming teachers in the amazing jobs they are doing every single day, from the tiniest of things, such as saying hello to a child ( you never know what effect this may have) to the time, dedication and commitment they put in. It's incredible, really.
What is often focused on is attainment, tables and grades, rather than building a whole and healthy child, who is able to have loving and caring relationship with themselves and others. Now don't get me wrong I am not saying learning and progression is not important, but where I feel the system is going wrong, and a this is not about blaming peole, is putting too much focus on attainment - instead of making it about people and relationships first. What's the point for pushing for top grades when you have a child who might have low self worth, anxiety issues, or simple find it hard to be themelseves, they are constantly trying to please everyone else.
What kind of child will this adult grow into? One who is truly joyful and content with life or someone who is constantly trying to prove themselves and their value. In both cases, for an example this child could grow up to work in the same profession, same kind of family, life, but the way they live life, relate to people. the commitment they bring to work, people, family ( if they have one) and to themselves would be very very different.
Would they self medicate on drugs, prescription on not, food, alcohol, allow themselves to be in abusive relationships of any kind, or would they know their value and their worth and bring this to everything and everyone?
The teachers I see and work with every day are doing amazing jobs, they are teachers to be truly appreciated for they bring so much to the kids classes and schools. It's only once we bring it back to teachers and ask them what's needed, and teachers start to speak up - will the education system truly change.
We have everything we are looking for in our classrooms, our teachers and inside ourselves.