Are there any ways the life of a soldier and the life of a teacher are similar?
I am considering this topic for an essay I will be writing soon. It was one of six options given for a compare and contrast essay. I was curious if anyone could think of similarities, because as of now all I can think of are differences.
Both are often taken for granted, they both are service oriented to the public, and they are both often underpaid.
If the teacher works in the inner city, yes, because they too get shot at occasionally.
Honestly, I would not think so. Teachers are given the responsibility to educate children and make them feel safe and secure in their surroundings.
A soldiers job is to protect the liberties that we enjoy as citizens of this great country. In wartime, it is a whole different story. You put on a brave face and concentrate on the job that needs to be done at the present time. War is hell.
What about pressure to conceal/disregard your own personal opinions, prejudices etc and present only the 'formal' line?
Also, you could explore the issues associated with being 'off duty'. Even when soldiers (and teachers) are away from their workplace, there's still an expectation that they'll uphold the standards of their professions.
Excellent question Peeples! I totally agree with the points of Christin and LongTimeMother. A teacher's work and a soldier in combat's work never ceases. It's always on his or her mind - "What could I have done better today?" "What will I do better tomorrow?" etc. There really is no one there in the morning telling you exactly what the day's work should be. It's not a 9 to 5 gig.(I've worked in the corporate world and in the teaching world. For all that people define as stressful in a corporation, deadlines, etc., there is nothing like the deadline of 30 minds awaiting every hour of the work day for meaningful input).
The soldier on the battlefield and the teacher both deal with the unpredictable abiguities of human reaction. (My software engineer can be certain that everytime he uses < and > and puts in the right code, he'll get the right outcome). Human behavior is a minefield of unpredictibility. Often what one assumes will work, doesn't.
A teacher often has to accept philosophies and approaches he or she doesn't believe in as a soldier often does and follow a curriculum/orders that she knows might be better implemented if modified. Both the teacher and the soldier have to figure out ways to do what they know will work in the real world while staying in the guidelines set down by his or her administration.
Both the teacher and the soldier understand that, if necessary, they must lay down their life for those they protect. They understand that their lives are secondary to those lives.
The soldier and the teacher often are privy to and aware of information that others don't have (abuse in the home, abuse in the field) unethical behavior of superiors, etc and have the dilemma of finding the courage to report what they see under risk to their reputation.
If I think of more, I'll add some. Can't wait for your article! I'll post it on my educational website (It's easier to have a website than a classroom
Sweet, Peeples! Hope one or two of those points work in your comparison-contrast essay. I love those kind of essays, but they're really hard for me to tighten up. Cheers to you, Billie
Having done both to varying degrees, please allow me to share some insights.
1. Long days. We all know that Soldiers are up before dawn conducting physical training. Times vary by installation, anywhere from 0400 to 0700. By the time most civilians are leaving for work, Soldiers are already hours into their day. Most work days for Soldiers is 0900-1700 (5 pm for civilians), but occasionally we get lucky and are released early. Bear in mind, this is in garrison; deployment means months away from our families and friends, and carry the hazards of incoming artillery or morter rounds, being shot at while out on patrol, or everyone's favorite, shelling at all hours until someone walks out and yells at the perpatraitors (this happened on my husband's first trip to Afghanistan). Teachers, while not having to deal with being shelled or shot at (for the most part - we hear all too often of shootings in our schools), have their own long days. They work their hours in the classroom with perhaps a 20-25 minute lunch. Then, they have to plan for the next few days, get assignments printed out/copied, grade 30 or more assignments and tests, figure out how to accommodate children who have individual struggles. Their days are equally long and challenging, just in a different manner.
2. Money. The decrease in the size of our armed forces has presented a dilemma to our service members: do more with less. This includes money for everything from basic supplies to training. Military members often find themselves having to pick up supplies as it can take months to receive an item ordered (case in point: I ordered graduation folders in November 2015. In December 2016, they had yet to be delivered). Training is even trickier; if it wasn't included in the budget when it was written in the summer before the fiscal year (October to September), the unit may not be able to support it. Teachers are given almost no money to run their classrooms. More often than not, they often have to spend their own meager paycheck to provide the tools their students need to succeed. I know for a fact that my son's teachers have spent their own money to get supplies such as tissues, wipes, markers, etc. And if they want additional training, they pay for that out of pocket and have to work on their education outside of classroom hours.
I'd add more, but I've run out of characters. If you want some more input, please feel free to reach out to me.
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