Why Do I Teach?

How can I say “no” to them and walk away?

Last week, the dark child brightened up.
Yesterday, the angry child smiled.
Just today, the sad child laughed.
And tomorrow, the child beyond hope, will graduate.

Each child a new challenge.
Each challenge a routine and a painful burden.
Each burden, mine to bear for a brief period of time –
my special chance to help God perform His miracle
in each child.

We teach because we are called to teach.
We teach because the children need us now.
We teach because we need to love them.
We teach because it is life to us.

How can we say “no” to them and walk away?

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5 thoughts on “Why Do I Teach?

  1. I too call out for the joy of learning and the art of teaching. How wonderful to fall upon your poetry and a kindred spirit standing face to face with the death squads of standardization. I am an art, ESOL and French teacher dedicated to returning to the cave and pulling our survivors whenever possible.

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