Take pride in your power to change people’s lives

As a teacher, you may not always be aware of your hold over others – but this is brought home when you yourself are made to feel powerless, writes Sarah Simons

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The status of the teaching profession is a well-trodden topic. We’re no longer seen as guardians of knowledge, a highly ranked intellectual elite, learned statesmen of the parish. I don’t really care about the status of my job. But when it comes to power, that’s different. Power is important, and I’ve got shitloads.

I’m not rich, or beautiful, or in a job where my decisions affect the masses. The power I have comes from the freedom that education has given me. I’ll challenge authority that doesn’t meet my values. I’ll ask difficult questions and be a thorough pain in the arse if needs must. I ...

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