Another advert that I find irritating. This 'Get into Teaching' one that (admittedly) isn't on TV anymore, but I owe this one a takedown. So, for context for my vitriol, I have a job in the education sector. I'm not a teacher, but I am qualified to teach. And when I first saw this faux-idealised look into the world of teaching, I laughed because it is such Bullshit. I get that it is trying to promote people getting into secondary teaching, a sector that has seen an incredibly high turnover in recent years, due to:
1. Pay freezes
2. Poor management
3. The rise of free schools and academy trusts that see education as a business first.
4. Poor Government policy
No teacher I have met has seen this advert and thought 'Yeah, this is what I have'. Obviously, we do care about our children. We do want to see them get out of education with their best grades, but the cold facts are that the state of teaching is miserable. Heck, all the teachers in my school stay in their classrooms, or occasionally in their subject bases. We're all in our own cliques, and we're overworked. Fuck this advert.
Im just saying its not a good advert to promote teaching. I would lean into the difficult aspect. Believe it or not, that's the best bit about teaching. It is the challenging children, the children who need that little extra help. When I sit with a child, and they are able to solve a problem on their own, and it clicks: I literally fist pump. Teaching is rewarding, and that's the angle they should have gone. Show that its hard, but the rewards are brilliant. I love my job, because of those fist pump moments.