Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Article excerpt

Q: I'm a headmaster, close to retiring.

My grandson is about to start his university course and has expressed a strong interest in becoming a teacher. This should be great. But having been a teacher for the past four decades, I cannot bring myself to advocate it as a career for him. I'm afraid he has fallen for the glossy government ads, not realising how difficult children can be, or indeed the Government can be. Obviously, I don't want to crush his enthusiasm, but neither do I want to lie to him. What should I do?

A: There's a chance - an extremely remote chance, you may think, but nonetheless a chance - that your grandson will become an excellent teacher, will remain a teacher for the whole of his career, and find almost all of it extremely rewarding. It does still happen. And should that happen, not only will your grandson have enjoyed a fulfilled life but many thousands of children will have benefited from his skills. …

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