I was at a meeting today and, for reasons I really don’t need to go into, the phrase “just a teacher” kept coming up. As in “not a manager, just a teacher.”
I have taken this out of context and I know that it wasn’t that simple a distinction being made, but the phrase stuck with me a little, as did the idea that somehow being a teacher is inferior to being a manager of teachers.
So it was with no little sense of irony then that I saw (or rather saw again) a poster in the train station saying, effectively, that in four years a new teacher could become a manager.
Not that there’s anything wrong with being a manager, of course. Not at all. But there’s equally nothing wrong with being “just a teacher”. After all, that’s the main job in education, isn’t it: surely you don’t go into education with the express aim of achieving manager status, do you? Or is that just me?
Just a thought, really, just a thought.