I don't know about everyone else, but this was a really tough week for me. I think it's the January doldrums getting the best of my energy, and it has been a difficult transition back to school routines for many students. In times like these, I find it helpful to remember why I teach. So here's a brief explanation.
I became a teacher because I believe in the power of education. Idealistic and naïve as I may be, I believe that when people are educated (I mean, really educated) they lead more fulfilling lives. They can make their own choices and direct their own paths. They can think independently. They can change the world.
I also believe so many of the global problems we face are a result of a lack of understanding and an unwillingness to pursue an understanding. An inability to sympathize, a lack of reasoning, a lack of considering the options. I believe that truly educated people seek an understanding of the world around them. They have a sense of wonder.