>>843>How and why did you get into this field OP and how do you stand it?
How? I started tutoring for extra money growing up and, given my wide range of interests, decided to pursue a career where I get to both learn all kinds of stuff and help people.
Why? I was inspired by based teachers growing up who encouraged excitement in learning and who could explain things "out of the box". Add to that, as mentioned, my wide range of interests and no other career made as much sense.
How do I stand it? Barely. The administrative bullshit that the office is meant to do (mother fuckers I'm here to teach, not do your qualitative research), the bureaucracy (report to X, you needs the go ahead from Y, but Z is a ladder climber so won't do it), and the politician pushing for better numbers with no regards to my students actual educational outcomes grate on me.
And yet I keep coming back because, despite the few little shits who should be gulag'd for others well being and safety as they're beyond redemption (worsened by their home shituation), when it goes well and you see the kids "get it" it's a rush. Plus at least 30% of the day is spent playing games or doing creative stuff which is dope. Parents are hands down the worst thing about it though, and I swear they're dumber and dumber every year which makes it harder to get their kids up to speed. One girl had never seen a book in her fucking life until she came to my class because her parents "Didn't see the point".
Now sometimes I have to feed one or two of them because they're so poor, and one kid I bought shoes for because his mum sold his other pair for meth. It's a mixed bag, but I, as lame as it sounds, feels right.
That being said I'm going to transfer schools eventually to get more experience, then open my own because fuck admin, fuck bureaucrats, and fuck regressive politicians who only care about Goodhart's Law to get more power.