If I was making toilet paper, nobody would really give a s*%#....
I often use this joke while teaching a graduate class and while a little off color I find it to be extremely true. I love my job because people actually care about what I do. They have too. I am dealing with the most important natural resource on the planet. Human Beings. And not just any human beings, but the most prized possession of humans, their children. American educators are holding this country together despite overwhelming odds and expectations.
My job enables me...
To inspire others to inspire
Give good parenting advice
Show progress where none was thought to exist
I can foster a relationship where no positive example of one has ever existed.
Oh ya I forgot... we educate as well.
These things change and impact lives for the good but as Spider man's wise uncle once said, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility."
These wonderful gifts that make this job so important and necessary also can destroy lives with words that are hard to remove even with surgery and psychology.
I encourage all administrators as we head into the season of new beginnings to sit down with your staff and remind them of the importance of this most delicate of relationships. Take time with the kids to begin to nurture the relationship that will be the launching point for all things academic for the next 180 days. Those initial meet and greet moments will decide how effective those 180 days will be.