In one of our readings “Understanding Canadian Schools,” I noticed on page 7 in bold print “Is Teaching a Profession”? I have always thought being an educator was a true profession. When I read those few words it got me thinking, I wonder if some people do not think of teaching as a profession. I then went out to ask my friends and family if they all thought teaching was a profession. They all said yes but I was hoping to receive at least one no because different opinions on matters are always a positive thing. I think everyone thinks of teaching as a profession because it is an essential service and we are dealing with youth.
A very controversial area for educators is what professional is and isn’t professional behavior. When I was a student, a huge new area of discussion was what is right to put on social media and what isn’t. Personally to me, if you have a nice photo of you and your friends having a fun night out and have drinks in your hands, there is nothing wrong with that. Educators can have fun just the same as everyone else. A very comparable profession is police officers. I know a couple of officers and they also cannot post photos of them drinking for some reason. I do not understand why certain people can live their lives freely but some are restricted due to their career. I understand if there is a photo of you puking drunk in the toilet, yes that is a little inappropriate.
The final thing I got thinking of during these readings is teacher pay. How much do educators get paid? I went looking through several websites and collectively found that starting wage of a secondary, first year, 4-year degree educator is $54 000. This made me remember a time back in highschool when one of my teachers told me how much she got paid and I remember thinking that wasn’t too bad of pay.
One question I have after reading is how much do teachers get paid after 10 years of teaching to 20 years.