“Look, do you know what’s going on? I send my children to school so that they learn, not so that the teacher walks around doing unemployment”, said the man while cutting some steaks on the counter board. His phrase, sharper than the knife he was holding, soon echoed in the neighborhood butcher shop like a hurtful dart. “Excuse me, sir, but I’m not going to buy anything here,” a client turned around and, without saying more, made it clear that she was defending her to the educators’ sector. “It was obvious that it was teacher“said another woman.
The sequence illustrated in those short minutes the many times biased reading that, from some sectors, is maintained regarding the work teacher. It is that far from any generalization, that sector that today claims to be able to pay for their children’s food, taxes and rent, is nothing more than a multitude of people who were formed, nothing less, than to teach generations of children, girls and adolescents in knowledge that they will need for their entire lives. It is they who, after all, are in charge of imparting knowledge, setting content, correcting errors and encouraging new achievements. They are in charge of education of those who in just a few years will be in charge of the decisions.
Some of those who work independently blame the teachers the fact of not attending their jobs in the framework of the current unemployment. What is not always possible to visualize is that ultimately, if the teacher, the doctor, the nurse or the public employee does not have enough money, then the wheel stops moving; consumption decreases. If the teacher who entered the butcher shop was going to take a kilo of liver instead of one of rump, then the profits were also going to be less for the one who issued the cutting opening sentence: those who lose are actually all of them.
The dilemma of educating in crisis
But that is not all. Today’s teachers have to educate in crisis. A big, complex and deep dilemma. Because it is, in short, a crisis that leaves thousands of children with empty bellies before going to school; who do not have a pencil to write or a notebook to do their homework. A crisis tied to social conflicts. Because today, there are students who not only don’t have a table to do their homework, but also come to class with tears still on their faces because their parents lost their jobs.
The pandemic brought saddened childhoods back to the classrooms, scattered by the excess of screens. Locked in on themselves. Then it was teachers who faced the challenge of “reassembling” minds and hearts. They are teachers, teachers then, who despite all the challenges are there, looking for ways to help children and adolescents. They have to contain, denounce, appeal to extra resources and even take money out of their own pocket to collaborate, for example, with that student whose parents cannot buy a pair of glasses so that she can learn to read. To them, directors, teachers and professors, their hearts are squeezed when snacks are not enough. And almost always, they find ways to solve it.
It will be love? vocation? commitment? Need to change realities? Or is it all together.
Are teachers, those who mobilized by the conviction to help their students, accompany, assist and listen. They are even the ones who on more than one occasion take shifts in health centers and are the ear where all adolescent anguish is received. Are teachersin fact, those who for the sole conviction of collaborating in the midst of the crisisThey organize collections, food fairs, and raffles to lighten the burden of a family that is left without bread. They paint, with the idea of leaving “the most beautiful school for the boys”, bars and gates. They are the ones who roll up their sleeves to mend the cracks here and there in a system that puts thousands of needs in check.
But also, they are teachers who bear the obligation to update their teaching modality and keep up-to-date with new educational trends. Take each child or adolescent in their specificity. Provide content in the classroom and that these are learned by the students. Is it possible with classrooms of forty students? Or what is even more complex to imagine, can that requirement be achieved when you were in six different courses in just one day? The truth is that no. Far from being an intangible and ethereal mass “the teachers”, again, they are also human beings; who get sick and who, despite everything, continue with their work outside of school, when exhausted and with the responsibility of responding to personal demands, they must go home and correct exams, plan activities and upload updated data in the system.
The rod of judgment
“The teachers” are the sector designated as those who, being in charge of the education, they fail to transmit content so that boys and girls learn something as basic and fundamental as reading and writing; interpret a text or let their imagination run wild with a story. What is overlooked in the background is that if the telescope with which reality is analyzed amplifies the gaze, then the focus will be on educational policies that over decades undermined the foundations of learning.
teachers Today, they bear the judging gaze of fathers and mothers, angry if there is a limit for bad behavior or if they fail an evaluation. Sufficient reasons to receive threats or insults, to be exposed and embarrassed on social networks. To even say goodbye to an institution that turned its back on them out of fear.
romanticization that weighs
But there is more: about the teachers Today there is still a “romanticized” reading of the education, that which makes a profession a kind of absolute relegation of life itself based on the ideal of exercising a certain social role. “But if the teacher knows that if she chose to be a teacher she will be poor all her life”, she hears herself in a chat over coffee. This is so? Must it be so? Why?. Perhaps a piece of information will help to elucidate this stereotype of permanent sacrifice; that naturalization of a duty that even (from the collective imagination) is usually linked to the “maternal”: more than 80% of the Mendoza population in charge of education is made up of women. Many of them, with sons and daughters of school age in charge.
“The library for universal education is more powerful than our armies.” The phrase, proclaimed by none other than José de San Martín, comes to seal a need that for years has been transformed into an urgent cry in the voice of those who dream of a education of quality for the Argentine population.
to the teachers today they are accused of “attacking the rights of the child” for exercising their right to claim. I claim that in reality, no one “likes” to hold. Because, of course, it is not a desired situation to go out on the street to ask for a salary that allows at least to cover the minimum needs. Because once the strike ends, their work in front of the classroom will continue; many will take buses again from dawn; They will listen to their students who returned to school without being able to sleep a wink at night because of sadness. They will be the ones who, driven by their duty to continue educating, will bring schools to life this Thursday. So, will they be satisfied?
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