I recently commented on this post “What I’m Afraid Of” by Ben Grey. Not too many years ago I would have somewhat supported the view that passion in profession was paramount. When I left school I was unsure of what career to pursue. I was a “good” student and successful in the school system and an academic pathway was assumed so I began my study in Law and Anthropology.
My studies and work fulfilled my ambitious personality and my thirst for learning, however I still felt there was something I was missing. After the birth of my children I came to realise my interest in teaching and furthermore my passion for special education.
I am fortunate that my work provides me with challenge and at this stage in my life I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I am a passionate learning and committed to supporting my students to have positive and meaningful experiences at school. I continually seek ways to become a better teacher both during and beyond the school working day. Does this make me a good teacher?
I also have peers who avoid taking work home, count down the days before holidays and even go as far as to never socialise with teachers outside of school. Does this mean they are bad teachers?
I would hate to assume either!
As Dean Shareski shared..
It’s great if you’re able to go to work at something you really love but that doesn’t have to be the case.
The more we as educators and parents tell kids how important it is to find their passion and tie that to their vocation the more we are telling the bus driver, the janitor, the waitress and the gas station clerk that they are failures.
See Dean’s post here.
As an adolescent my brother had a passion for cooking. He completed his apprenticeship and became a chef instead of completing year 12. After many years of sweating it out in the kitchen and cooking other peoples food, he gave cooking away. The enjoyment he experienced years before, preparing meals for us to enjoy had disappeared and cooking became “work”. Having not been in the industry for several years now, his joy for cooking has returned and his family and friends reap the benefits!
I think my responsibility as a parent and a teacher includes supporting my children/students to find passions, to foster and encourage interests but not to suggest that their future employment must encompass these.