It never ceases to amaze me that when one retires after decades of service, no-one (from your workplace) wants to know you any more. A lot of people my age have worked at one job for most of their lives. It’s different these days, what with people changing jobs each week despite being told about the need for adequate superannuation. Live for today, stuff tomorrow!
I think of all the teaching expertise that is lying idle out there in the community. I know there are mentoring systems in place in some industries, but only on a small scale. Why can’t there be a mentoring system for teachers in both the private and public sector? Yes I know, there’s the matter of personal liability insurance, blah, blah, blah…… why do we always put barriers in front of something that can work and will do a lot of good. Young teachers certainly need help these days.
I never had help when I was a teacher in the days when teaching was a joy, even fun and the students were a pleasure to teach. Mind you, that was before the invention of the mobile phone, computer, iPod, Wii, etc. The more clever we get, the less we know how to ‘properly’ communicate with each other.
Kids grow up too fast and us oldies are left to rust on street corners clutching at our paper coffee cups.
Old teachers aren’t after money, they just want to be valued.
Why then should anyone ever retire?
Time for a Dilmah…