Metaphorically Speaking

Have you ever heard of the saying, “School teachers are just cogs in a machine?” Well, many teachers are seen this way rather than, as professionals who are the schools primary asset. A Teacher’s job is endless and can be very mind boggling due to certain issues such as: problem children, bad administration, and lack of resources at the school.  Teachers are also put under a lot of pressure around the time of standardized testing. Teachers have to answer to the administrators, parents, and ultimately to the students. It’s hard for a teacher to win against the principal or a parent; even if the teacher is right, often times they still lose. Consequently, most teachers don’t go against the grain or push back against the the big machine because they know they will be ripped to pieces, not literally!

The pay scale for teaching is low although its the one profession that teaches all the other professions. The president of the United States, doctors, lawyers, and every other person in our society at one point in their lives had a teacher who cared and helped to get them to where they are today.  When a teacher’s job is seen as minor then they start to feel and act minor; they start not to care or value the pivotal role they play in students’ lives.

This metaphor is believed by many and of course shows the lack of importance for teachers in our society. A Metaphor is a figure of speech; it is the concept of understanding one thing in terms of another. Though many people may hold this quote to be the the exact definition of what a teacher is, quotes such as “A teacher affects eternity; he/she can never tell where his/her influence stops” , “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others” are quotes that show teaching as a very important role. According to soyouwanttoteach.com there are 5o reasons to love your job as a teacher; can’t say I disagree! Teaching is rewarding in itself; however, it is hard work, the job would be easier if society would just show a little more gratitude for the inspiration and positive impact teachers have on their student’s life.

Take a look at this Blog and the authors take on the quote, “School teachers are just cogs in a machine” and Postman’s view about Metaphors.

Below is a video I came across on a high school teacher talking about some pros and cons of the profession….Enjoy!


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