When A High School Teacher Mocked Me For Teaching Preschoolers

Posted: September 28, 2015

The author, a preschool teacher, was hurt when a higher secondary teacher from a reputed school derided her choice of teaching preschoolers. Here’s how the preschool teacher’s father reassured her to follow her passion, no matter what.

Recently, an unpleasant opinion from a higher secondary teacher bruised my ego. I am a preschool teacher by choice and, this respected teacher who is a higher secondary teacher in a reputed school in a big city, passed a snide remark on my choice to teach preschoolers and that there is no big deal in handling preschoolers. I maintained my silence, although I was hurt. Considering I have great respect for every teacher at each level in the field of education, I felt a fury seethe within me and thankfully, my emotions poured out in front of my parents who sat back watching their only daughter preparing her thoughts for a manic and a futile argument with the teacher, at a later stage.

I am a preschool teacher by choice and, this respected teacher who is a higher secondary teacher in a reputed school in a big city, passed a snide remark on my choice to teach preschoolers and that there is no big deal in handling preschoolers.

Now, knowing that my head was not in a good space and all good advice was to fall on deaf ears, my father wrote this down and messaged it to me later to read it. And as I read this, I found my cool again. Also, I decided that his words had to be shared!

“My daughter is very proud of being a pre-primary teacher and of teaching preschoolers, though she has been one only since three months. So, her pride was bruised when a three decade old and experienced higher secondary teacher passed a crude remark on how handling pre primary is easy and does not require efforts like that of hers.

My visibly angry daughter was now preparing her mind for a volcanic argument with the teacher who also happens to be her aunt. So, I have to share my thoughts with my daughter.

My dear daughter,

Those who teach pre-primary and primary provide the foundation and the required base for the child. Those who teach secondary and higher classes provide structure and super structure, which obviously cannot be made without foundation. Each requires a different skill set and has its place in the world.

Super structure falling is not uncommon. But, foundation failing is rare and serious. So, decide whose job is important. Foundation, which is the base, signifies the strength is not visible. So, it is not appreciated and is therefore taken for granted. But super structure is visible and signifies beauty and hence is accredited all the time.

Foundation, which is the base, signifies the strength is not visible. So, it is not appreciated and is therefore taken for granted. But super structure is visible and signifies beauty and hence is accredited all the time.

To understand the importance and the associated efforts for building the foundation requires intelligence and wisdom, a rare combination that many may not possess.

So, my dear child, do your job with undiminished passion and love. That will give peace and satisfaction in the long run. You never have to explain to anyone about why you do what you love to do. Not every argument needs a closure.”

Yes! Amen to that!

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  1. I am sorry to say that the highly respected higher secondary school teacher is quite honestly deserving of a little less respect right now, because clearly she wasn’t mature enough or wise enough to understand the incredible importance of the role of a pre school teacher which in many ways is far more crucial than others especially in these modern times where parents often work and kids join school as early as 2.5 years. I myself have been a lecturer of sociology to undergraduate and post graduate students and so I say this from a longer term and larger perspective. The proper socialisation of a child towards formal and informal learning and its joys, starts in pre school and parents and teachers have a direct impact on this process. At play school beyond the learning aspect almost as important is that for the first time in a child’s life social interaction and negotiations happen with adults and children other than those they are familiar with. In many ways the psycho- social impact of this formative period is unparalleled and immensely important. My child had wonderful pre-school teachers and pre-school life and it has made her a balanced, well adjusted friendly child -secure and confident of herself even now 5-6 years after!! The credit for this belongs largely to her pre-school teachers. The efforts of these teachers were not only to instil a love for learning and school, but also to make her feel adjusted and secure, happy and cheerful even away from home where things were familiar and on her terms. This is a commendable job and I cannot emphasise enough the gratitude I feel for her teachers. Please keep your spirits high and be sure that you teachers have often tiring and exhausting job( ask anyone who has taken charge of a pre-schooler kid for a whole day and they will all agree!!) but your contribution to the lives of the kids in your pre-school and to society is enormous !!

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