Why the Sacred Profession?

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“Those who educate children are more to be honored than those who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” – Aristotle

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.” – Mark 9:24 (NASB)

Teaching was the profession of the Buddha, of Confucius and of Jesus. In many cultures, both past and present, teachers are given the utmost respect and hold the esteemed positions in society. The privilege of working with other people’s children on a day-to-day basis is truly sacred. However, from the Simpson’s “Ms. Crabapple” to Ben Stein’s high school economics teacher in Ferris Buller’s Day Off, teachers in American culture fall well-short of an honored place in our society.

I adore my profession but have had to defend my career choice to everyone from my Grandmother (who was a teacher herself!) to my students (“You know Miss, you could have been more than just a teacher.”). While there are those who might question the rewards associated with teaching there are few who question the profession’s essential importance. All professions begin with teachers. As a ten-year veteran high-school teacher, I want to provide a place to celebrate the art and science of teaching. The success I have had in my own classroom has come as a direct result of the mentorship and coaching of role models -I want to contribute to the success of others as well as provide a space for collaboration and sharing for my own professional development. Welcome to The Sacred Profession

8 thoughts on “Why the Sacred Profession?

  1. Alison says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful blog! What a great resource for teachers and an inspiration for all to approach our professions with love, be brave enough to be self-reflective, and never stop trying to improve ourselves. I am really enjoying it and remembering how much I love teaching. I’m looking forward to getting back in the classroom one day…

  2. Andrea Garza says:

    Love your blog! I taught with Melissa Barkin in Roma (love your references to her in a few posts – she’s brilliant!) and attended a couple of your PD sessions years ago. Although we don’t really know each other – I have found your work inspirational since entering the sacred profession as a corps member in 2006. Thank you!! There are various practices and methods I still use in class that were adapted from you :)

  3. valgilmore says:

    I am a new TFA corps member in Richmond and heard you speak this morning about approaches to classroom behavior. Thank you for sharing so much great insight… I can’t wait to implement your strategies in my classroom!

  4. Same here – just heard you speak a couple of days ago at Gompers MS and just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful presentation and a wonderful blog! Can’t wait to apply the strategies you talked about with my own students! Thank you :)

  5. Steve says:

    I really connected to what you posted about the media/public view of teachers. I really wish school board’s would spend a little PR money and set the record straight. It’s not the 1980s anymore and classroom’s and the teaching practise has changed so much. I’m a male middle school teacher and I know that most people I meet have that old image in their head (I know I did when I first started my teacher’s degree). Also like your perspective on starting a new year with fresh eyes on the classroom and a new Moleskine is a must! So many teachers get into the grind without reflecting on their day, their work… doing that keeps me in the zone.

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