we need teachers
unstoppable had me at the edge of my cinema seat all throughout the movie. directed by tony scott – it is quite the usual common guy became hero of the hour kinda of story about a runaway train. i love denzel washington especially in american gangster and am quickly developing a thing for the young chris pine – whose eyes are so so blue!!!
in the movie denzel washington plays the role of a train operator who has been working for the same train company in the last 28 years. three weeks before he had to chased down the runaway train, he was given a 90 day termination notice.
a few weeks ago, my husband was telling me about the death of his ex boss, someone he had revered a lot because the guy was a fantastic mentor who was always willing to teach and to learn from everyone around him.
i don’t know about you but have you ever had someone changed your life just because the person was such an inspiring teacher? i can name a few in my life.
my mother used to tell me stories about the teachers at her convent. i think about the teachers now and the teachers then – i see a big difference. women in the 1950s and 1960s had very few job selections – the cream of the crop would have either become teachers, nurses or secretaries in big firms. look at the selection now – shit people are educating our children. in a way i don’t blame them because when salary is shit, what sort of teaching levels should you expect? in the uk, a grammar school teacher gets paid less than a taxi driver, why?
we need teachers. not just in school but in companies and at every level possible.
i feel that the most powerful force governing the world today are not governments; it is the world of finance. the trend is very evident – when you work for a company for a long time, your pay rises- till the point they say, “let’s find a replacement, younger, more energetic and most importantly cheaper”. the old guys get replaced. looks good on the bottom line and we are that bit closer to our quarterly forecast.
there is something we cannot replaced. the young ones have no one to learn from. we can learn a lot from books but nothing beats the real experience of having done something.