An unexpected path
Many people naturally think that we deal with education for only a limited period of time: when we are students ourselves and when we have children of school-age. Still, don’t forget about those who contribute a lot to this sphere – teachers.
I’m a teacher of English, though I had never planned to be the one at first! As a student, I had to change my place of residence – and my university. When changing universities in Russia, you can’t always get into the same program you had done before. That’s why I was offered to do economics as my second higher education course and to study foreign languages, earning the qualification to be a teacher. No matter how difficult it is to imagine, sometimes you have to face such odd situations. And the quicker you get used to it, the better! That means that I accepted this variant and projected my future based on it for the coming years.
In Russia, education has 2 sectors: private and state. Both have advantages and drawbacks. In places outside of the capitals, the state school system has just begun to get sufficient monetary support. So I chose the private sector in order to worry less about my financial matters. And, of course, it also has much less red tape!
So many things happen in the world, and some involve education in our country. We have a great opportunity to witness changes – and to influence them, making things better for pupils and students. That’s why I believe that any helpful contribution is important. The world transforms, and classical schools, libraries and universities – any institutions connected with enlightenment – alter in accord with modern methods. Changes include offering an education by means of online courses or accommodating those going in for a second or third degree while having a family. In Russia, with its rich variety of small nations and cultural diversity, this process is especially promising to look at.
I’m fond of working as a teacher now, but, psychologically, I’m the one who will not be the same over the decades. So I may find another sphere of life to work in – without giving up teaching as long as it interests me and getting useful experience for the future.
DateMay 4, 2012 | 1:47 pm