‘Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.’
– George Bernard Shaw
‘Why on earth are you a teacher? I still don’t understand. You could’ve done so many things and you chose to become a teacher.’
– Multiple pupils
Respect in a profession is not the most important thing. Take rubbish collectors and lawyers, for example. Many jobs are not particularly respected – they may even be looked down upon – yet they nonetheless play an important part in society. They may even be relatively well compensated.
Nonetheless, respect is important. A respected profession is one which attracts high quality applicants. Given the teacher recruitment problems in the UK, it’s worth thinking about respect for the profession.
It’s also worth thinking about respect for the sake of well-being. Teachers are demotivated. While there are a huge variety of causes for this, a sense of general respect in teaching would undoubtedly help.
So, how respected are teachers?
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