Why did you go into teaching? Could the reason be that you wanted to be a bit like Mr Pursey, the exemplary maths teacher who gave Myleene Klass hope?
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Why did you go into teaching? Could the reason be that you wanted to be a bit like Mr Pursey, the exemplary maths teacher who gave Myleene Klass hope? (See TES - My best teacher - Myleene Klass)
In Luke 6:40 Jesus says
“Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.”
Myleene's story illustrates this principle perfectly. Having been trained by her teacher, Myleene Klass, draws inspiration from him, "becoming like" him when she in turn teaches others.
Which leads to an important question:
Who do you draw inspiration from?
Chances are that your answer to this question bears some similarity to the answer to the question of why you went into teaching!
Teachers are special and their impact can be traced through people’s lives. Where a good teacher’s advice is ignored, it can lead to regret:
“Oh, why didn't I listen to my teachers? Why didn't I pay attention to my instructors?” Proverbs 5:13
In other words: the power and influence of teachers for good in a person are not to be underestimated!
Which is why it is all the more important to draw inspiration from the greatest teacher of all:
“Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?” Job 36:22
If we let him teach us, we will become more “like the teacher” and perhaps influence others to do the same.
Robin Staple is The Stapleford Centre's coordinator. He is passionate about God, theology and coffee - and especially about how the Christian vision for holistic and wholesome education can offer a real contribution to the common good of society.
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