…one could be pessimistic.
PBS NewsHour did this story last night. Adjunct professors, many of them with doctorates, are struggling to make a living. A French literature professor uses food stamps. An English professor just up and quit.
This video got me thinking about the word “value.” The MacBook delivered this as the first definition:
the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.
I don’t know about you but I owe a lot of my success to teachers. So many of them, tenured or not, helped me–and at every level, from elementary school through electrophysiology fellowship. (And even now, many of my colleagues teach me–though I’m not sure they are aware of it.)
I was a lucky kid; I crossed paths with scores of adults who cared enough to engage me in the learning process.
There could be little that I am more sure of: educators are indeed something of great importance, worth and utility.
It shocks me to look out at America and see what we value.
If we can’t value teaching and mentoring, what then?