Growing up, it was common for myself and my peers to consider pursuing career paths that weren't related to education. Being brainwashed by other professions, I never realized my natural gift of teaching until later on when I began tutoring a fellow student in high school.
And to be clear, teaching and tutoring do have their differences. For the sake of simplicity, I'll mesh them together since both serve students and help mold the future generation of leaders.
What I've noticed is that overall value of teaching is unfortunately undermined in many parts of society. Why pursue a career as a teacher when you can be a scientist, engineer, or doctor and make much more money? Who needs teachers now when online education (through the power of Google) can be your best friend?
One moment that struck me was when a fellow college classmate went over a business case study about TFA. He commented that "teaching is so easy, anyone can do it. All you need is empathy."
It's easy to fall into that assumption. After all, "those who can, do; those who can't, teach"... right?
But let's look at it a bit closer. If teaching is so easy and anyone with empathy can do it, how come we have "good" and "bad" teachers? What does it mean when we tell someone that they can't teach? Isn't the formula for teaching = a human body + empathy? Shouldn't anyone who possesses that bare minimum already be considered a "good" teacher?
Well my answer is because teaching isn't easy and not everyone can do it. Those that decide to teach also mentor, support, counsel, and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
And once that message is spread, maybe then the value of teaching can be truly appreciated.