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Passionate teachers and passionate learners are something that we think of when we image the education world, but our imagination tends to get the best of us and soon enough reality sets in. Why do we find passion in education to be something that is more of a fantasy than a reality? Why are we losing student engagement, and how do we reverse the standardized stigma of public education?
I feel that as a nation, we expect our teachers to have a passion for their career, because their passion provides enthusiasm, which in turn, generates student excitement about learning. I also feel that passion is contagious. Speaking from experience, when I am working with or learning from someone who is passionate about their career, it makes me want to apply that same passion into my own life and demonstrate it through my everyday life. I strongly believe that when students are taught and guided by a passionate teacher, they are not only willing to be engaged in the lessons and put forth effort to their school work, but they are inspired to find and pursue something that they are passionate about as well. When they find their passion, they tend to pursue it through higher education, so they can one day have a career that they love.
I think we have it figured out why having a passionate teacher is important, so why does the education system seem to strip teachers of their passion? I think there is a fine line that is crossed when teachers get drained of their passion when trying to meet all the standards and benchmarks of our precise educational system. It doesn’t seem that we have a lot of time to delve into our creative sides, because we have constant and steady deadlines to meet which also tends to strip enthusiasm of our students. However, if a teacher is truly passionate, they will find a way to always show their excitement and engage their students. I also think that it is a learning tool for the students; when they see that the teachers are making adjustments to make something that isn’t very enjoyable, enjoyable they will start to apply that skill to their own lives. Their situation may not be the best, but happiness is a choice, and I believe that this is true to any aspect of life.
That being said, I am not sure we can really reverse the standardized stigma because there are regulations to be followed. Being passionate and staying passionate is the teacher’s choice, they have to find ways to keep students engaged and push the creativity to the highest level by allowing them to guide their own learning, while still being able to meet the required standards and benchmarks. I don’t think this is an easy task at all; it takes a lot of time and effort, that’s why teachers have to be truly passionate about their career. I believe it should be a necessity to education, not a privilege.
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