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Our Readers Agree: Teachers Have the Hardest Job

Do Teachers Have the Hardest Job?

Last week, EducationWorld referenced an article by Beth Lewis, in which she questioned whether non-teachers can truly understand the experience of educators. The topic proved extremely popular with our readers. 

"It's funny because I was just thinking that it sucks not getting paid for two months," said educator Adam Brown in a comment on the post. "I chose my job and I have to budget accordingly to make sure bills are paid for June and July."

Lewis' article, "Top 8 Reasons Why Non-Teachers Can Never Really Understand Our Job, Or, Why Nobody Enters Teaching Just for the Vacations," looked at why non-teachers "just don't get it." Some of her reasons included a lack of vacation even in the summertime, and the fact that a teacher's work goes beyond the classroom. 

Similar reflections abound on the Web. For example, Buzzfeed's humorous video "This Video Proves Teachers Have the Toughest Job" shows teachers' numerous responsibilities and received comments from educators who feel underappreciated.

Teacher and writer Peter Greene shared comparable sentiments in his HuffPost Education post The Hard Part.

"Trust us. We will suck it up. We will make do. We will find a way. We will even do that when the state and federal people tasked with helping us...instead try to make it harder," said Greene. "Even though we can't get to perfect, we can steer toward it. But if you ask me what the hard part of teaching is, hands down, this wins. There's not enough [time, resources, etc.]."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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