It’s time to stop the teacher guilt, indeed. It’s time to stop putting my life on hold until the next break. It’s time to stop feeling obligated to put in all those extra hours because that’s what teachers do.
We have a choice.
For me, it’s time to start limiting my work hours to 40 per week. It’s time to start realizing that I am still an effective teacher when I do this. It’s time to start prioritizing my family and my physical and mental health over my job.
I still love teaching, and I find that I have even more energy to put into it when I’m not exhausted from working so many hours. My working conditions are my students’ learning conditions. My students deserve a teacher with a balanced life who’s happy to be in the classroom every day.
Of course! It already has, according to this wonderful opinion piece in The New York Times. It shows respect for millennials as readers and as thinking citizens of the world. It shows respect for Harry Potter as literature and as a social movement.
So I have one question:
Why, when considering whether Harry Potter should “be introduced to official school curriculum,” would the professor quoted in the article say “I will leave that to political philosophers,” when we really should leave it to professional educators, i.e. to teachers?
Why leave educational decisions to the Cornelius Fudges and Dolores Umbridges of the world? Remus Lupin wasn’t a policymaker or a Ministry puppet. Remus Lupin was a TEACHER. He knew what he was doing and provided a quality education for all his students, setting up not only Harry but also Neville for success. Does a political philosopher know how to do that?
I didn’t think so.