So why would anyone subject themselves to 50-60 hour work weeks, mounds of paper work, constant pressure to perform like an actor, and endless daily decisions? This it the reality of teaching high school. On top of that, it is relentless. I am coaching a new teacher in the Bible Department this year at the high school. Her biggest adjustment is that it never stops. My best visual for it is the famous Lucy and the Chocolate Factory
scene. She can’t keep up with the chocolates on the assembly line no matter how fast she goes. They just keep coming. High school is like that. So why would anyone in their right mind do it? Or even in their wrong mind??
Only one reason. You just love students.
I have had a twenty year love affair with high school students. I have found them to be an endless source of humor, a constant stream of conversation, and an unquenchable hungering for truth. The two pictures at the top were drawn by my most intellectual of classes, a study of worldviews that takes them into basic philosophy. So every day they come into class, a new picture goes up on the board. Who knows what it will be or the connection to the class? Look at the bottom of this blog for two more pictures that they assured me had deep symbolism!!
Over the years I have high-fived and knuckle-pounded students thousands of times, counseled them hours upon end, listened to their doubts and fears in class, and simply enjoyed their company. Even if I don’t miss the endless paper work, I will miss all of this, or at least partially miss it. You see the reason why I teach high school is also the reason I will no longer teach it. How can that be?
This year is my last full-time year. Next year I will be very part-time at the school. The vast bulk of my time will be given to starting a ministry that will include men of all ages. I will still have the chance to love students. It will just be in a new way. In the next blog, I’ll tell you more about it.