One of those countless Friday after-work discussions we have with our teaching colleagues has stuck in my mind for the past year.
“We’re the only profession in the world,” stated a fellow teacher, “where we are judged not by how we perform, but by how other people perform.”
That stopped me in my tracks. Usually I have a snappy comeback to just about anything that’s thrown my way involving education, but I was left speechless, thinking of a response.
“Except for college coaches,” I replied, after much thought. “They’re judged on how well their team does.”
“Maybe,” they said, “I never thought about it that way.”
I’ve continued to think about that exchange in the year since it happened. I’ve come to the conclusion that I was wrong-I think college coaches have it a lot easier than we do as teachers, especially when it comes to state achievement tests.