I was reading an article in T.O.night magazine on the train and I came across an interesting article. It was about a high school teacher who was fired for expressing her anger towards teenagers through her blog and Facebook account. Many people have supported her feelings. Essentially, she complains that teenagers are too “careless”, “bored” and “whiny” amongst other things.
I am currently 23 years old. I remember my teenage life and I have learned much from it. While I never loved school, I managed to get through it despite the mistakes I have made. There seems to be more hatred towards teenagers now. While rules and laws need to be enforced, I think it’s important to draw the line between punctuality, respect and oppression.
I went to a school with a strict uniform code. They wanted to simplify the uniform so that everyone is forced to wear the same school sweater, regardless of the weather. I know that trespassing is a common issue; for example, a teen from another school may enter a building wearing a dress pants and shirt of a similar design to the uniform. I eventually learned to live with the uniform code as I moved closer to graduation.
If I wanted to express my frustrations towards teachers, I could. However, I know they’re just doing their jobs. I am well aware of some of the pressure they have against them. No matter what happened, I’m just glad that I got through it and it’s all in the past now.
In a matter of speaking, teachers and students have similar complaints towards each other:
Teachers can be lazy too
I have had many teachers who sit at their desks and say something such as “Read Chapter 5 and complete all questions at the end. Hand in your work by the end of this class”. Unfortunately, this is a fundamental task that I had to get used to in my life. Even to this day, I still refer to books and other references for the sake of getting work done; both for personal and work-related tasks. I learned from this is that I can’t expect everything to be taught to me in a visually stunning manner. However, I feel that going through this in college/university is far more frustrating considering the cost of tuition.
There will always be teacher labor disputes
When I was in college, there was a strike in my first year. While there many motives behind the strike, there was one thing that we all knew teachers needed more of: Money! The cost of living is rising and it is generally believed that teachers are not getting paid enough. I remember having a part-time teacher who complained that he works so many hours that it feels like he’s full-time. There were many part-time teachers working many hours to save money from paying full-time teachers. Some people may enjoy time off from strikes, however, the classes don’t become any shorter and time is taken away from vacation or study break time.
Teachers may not be teaching their favorite subjects
I remember a college teacher said to the class, “Sometimes we teach classes that are unrelated to our skills.” For example, I had a History teacher who also taught English, Religion and Economics. I highly doubt this person applied to the teaching position thinking, “I’ve always wanted to teach 4 completely different subjects”.
There have been good and bad times; there have been times I was glad to be in class and when I was bored out of my skull. Without the intent of bragging, I’d like to state that I did graduate high school and college with honors. I did a lot of work and it was important to have friends to study with. I’m not perfect and there are blotches in my report cards despite my greater averages towards graduation. I know that there are teens who behave repulsively. It just bothers me that people seem to be expressing anger towards all teenagers. As we get older, we become aware that we’re sitting through boring classes simply it is a requirement; maybe we don’t like a teacher and we know that we have to carry on and accept them for who they are. In the end, school is about education, being punctual, making connections and finding out what we want to do in life.