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A future in Education
By Amber Gragert
Most people are able to look back on their childhood and remember many of their teachers from school and usually have at least a few favorites that made a lasting impression on them. Families are the foundation of society and, in my opinion, teachers are some of the cornerstones atop that foundation that hold society's structure in place. Education is vital to the cultural, economic, social development and health of our communities
Majoring in education will mold you into a vessel of knowledge to pour into young minds. CS Lewis once said, "The task of the educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts." Today's youth struggle to see the joy in learning, but you could be the educator that waters the struggling seeds of knowledge and has the privilege to watch them grow. Through your coursework, you will turn your talents into skills every good teacher needs to inspire students of any age or learning style. Learn how to set up and manage a classroom, create lessons and, most importantly, teach those lessons in a way that reaches each student in ways they can succeed.
In classes like Early Childhood Development and Educational Psychology, you will study how people learn and, in turn, how to best teach those people. You will also learn the planning of classroom activities, learning theory and school health and safety issues, along with lots of field experience as you learn and develop your craft for teaching while logging hours for your teaching certificate, if you decide to go that route. You could also further your education by specializing in a specific area or subject like: special education, child development, English or mathematics.
The best educators have an interest in social science, are well organized, flexible, adaptable, have a great deal of patience, have strong communication skills and a strong desire to make a difference in the world - by way of teaching young people. Albert Einstein once said, "It is the extreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Therefore, creative minds and showmanship are also welcome - awaken that joy for learning!
Some work on furthering their education level by obtaining specialized certifications, &/or earn their master's or doctorate degree. There are also many other options besides teaching for those with a degree in education. If a classroom setting isn't your cup of tea, you could think outside the classroom box. Perhaps the role of a principal, guidance counselor or librarian is more suited to your career interests. Further out of the box could be something like an instructional designer - they are the people that develop educational theory and methods for teachers and students to have the best classroom success. There are many possibilities for those interests in or out of a classroom setting.
Teaching can be tough mentally and emotionally, so it's not for the faint of heart. But the gift of teaching is a very special one from the Lord, so if you feel called to it, then be encouraged and remember, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 ESV. Looking at history, we can see the world changes with each generation. Be the exciting and life-changing teacher that helps to mold and shape young minds for the betterment of the world and for the glory of God.