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#tbt My 2nd and last year as a high school French teacher. It’s so hard to explain to anyone who’s never taught before why I quit. People assume it’s because of the kids (which is entirely not true-adults can be way worse). And it’s not because I couldn’t do the job. It has to do with politics, parents, and the fact that it’s impossible to be the best teacher you can be and to give each student the amount of attention they need, because class sizes are too big and there’s an impossible amount of work. Even the best teachers have to choose what gives at the end of the day because there’s no time to do everything, and in return they get very little respect and pay. I don’t miss teaching, but I think a lot of that has to do with me still being in a teaching roll as a trainer. When I set out to be a French teacher, I thought I could make the world a better place by teaching kids another language and teaching them about other cultures. It helps bridge the gap between cultures and helps kids to understand people who are different than them, and to understand their place in the world. This only worked on a handful of kids, and it was super rewarding to see those kids develop a passion for the French language and francophone cultures, but the rest didn’t give a ****😂. I get it though. It’s hard to understand the value of knowing another language when you’re 15. As a trainer though, I help people (who choose to be there) reach goals that can change their lives. I absolutely love my job! But I’m grateful for my experience as a teacher and will forever be an ally and advocate for students and teachers 💕. Happy winter break to all my teacher friends who work so hard!