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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Teachers - Don't Believe Your Own Hype

I know I don't post here very often but I had to get something off my chest.

My son has decided to take up cross country. So he joined the rest of the seventh grade team which is short players. This means he no longer takes the bus home. Ok, fine. But the practice ends at 4:45 and I don't get off until 5. I work close but sometimes the demands of my job keeps me longer. We all know the demands of our jobs. We chose those professions and they don't always punch a clock.

So I pick up my son at 5:30. The coach then tells me how he will have to kick Jeremy off the team if I can't be there and not make him be 45 minutes late away from his family. I didn't respond to this passive aggressive whining because it was in front of my son.

I guess he'll make it up when he gets his summers off. Seriously, don't tell me how late you are already working and pretend that 4:45 is already past what you normally do. I work in IT. I don't get the luxury of deciding when the computers break. If I have to work a weekend, 38 hours straight with no sleep, that's what I do. I don't whine about it.

And believe me, I'm grateful for it. I see guys working street repair in the hot summer, roofing, coal mines, garbage collecting, real shitty jobs. They don't complain either. They don't get THEIR summers off and many of these men are away from their families for MONTHS at a time. Ask anyone in the military.

Yes, I try to be on time but I'm so tired of hearing the hype machine that Teachers are our most important jobs, how hard it is. No, it's not. You teach 7th graders some basics and how to run around a track. If you were doing such and awesome job, I wouldn't have to work with my son and reteach him what he learned that day. Which I always seem to do better than you do and I have to learn it on the spot. So it can't be that hard.

See everyone already knows how hard working in an oil rig or being a surgeon or working construction already is. They don't need to tell everyone how hard it is all the time. You propagandize us because you know your jobs AREN'T hard. It's fine if that's what you want to do. But don't think for a moment a job where you get 3 weeks of Xmas vacation, days off sprinkled constantly throughout the year, and at least 2 months in the summer is "hard." It's not. You're just self-important. The fact you can say that shit to me in front of my son because you know I'm not going to raise a stink in front of my son just shows me the coward you are.

Once cross country is over, you'll be off around 4 or earlier. Boy it must be rough. I'll try to think of you when I'm still getting off at 6 and getting woke up in the middle of night about your hardship.

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