“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” Carl Jung
My oldest niece has recently started high school and it has been a very traumatic time for her and for my sister.
She is nearly twelve years old, and just on the cusp of womanhood, but yet in every way is still so much a child. She is innocent, pure and sweet, but also has a maturity beyond her years. The is thoughtful, inquisitive and quietly observant.
It has disturbed me just how difficult the transition into high school has been. She has moved from a reasonably small primary school, where the teachers were kind and thoughtful, into an academic institution where the main mode of motivation seems to be humiliation and shame.
It has deeply troubled me, thinking of her innocence being stripped away layer by layer, with every degrading comment and scathing look, the downtrodden teachers have bestowed on her, and the other innocent incomers.
It astounds me that these teachers don’t seem to comprehend that they are raising the next generation of society. Every day I hear people complain about the state of the world, yet why do we not speak up and do something about it?
Our footballers are paid thousands if not millions of pounds every week, yet we pay our teachers a pittance. Where is the logic in that? Would the world be a better place if we had more sports stars, or a more deeply loved generation of society?
Einstein is quoted as saying that the world is not a bad place because of the people who to bad things, but because of the people who stand by and say nothing.
Please, don’t stand by. Speak up when you see something not right. Do not allow it to be acceptable. If not for yourself, then for your children.
Let’s make this world a better place to live, so they may be treated with respect and kindness, and not live in fear or humiliation or shame.