A Learning Profession. If you love learning, you will love teaching, for teachers, first and foremost are good learners, and because they love learning, they love helping others learn. Furthermore, the teacher always learns more than the student in every lesson he or she delivers, so theteacher’s love of learning is constantly being fed by his or her work.
A Calling to Serve. In many ways teaching is less a profession than a calling. The pay is not stellar, though it is dependable, but the other rewards are enormous. Though the workload can be substantial and the responsibility is great, one is never bored, and one always arrives home in the afternoon feeling as though one is involved in important work. As Maria Montessori, the great Italian doctor-teacher said, teachers serve the work at hand, the development of a young mind.
A Trusted Profession. Interestingly enough, in several surveys teachers come in either first or second among professions most trusted by the public, indicating that over the years teachers have shown themselves committed to their work and seldom distracted by other temptations.
Most significant work for the future of the nation. Deep thinkers and great leaders throughout time have also recognized the vital role that teachers and education play in the life of society. Below are a few quotes that illustrate the potential of education to transform individual and social life.
“A teacher affects eternity — he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Adams, American writer and educator