It’s almost a year since my first article was published where I talked about the financial hardship Greece was going through and how we as teachers should turn all that grief into joy for the sake of our students.
One year later and I am here again to say that nothing has really changed, no to mention that things seem to have become worse.
I have met with and talked to several language school owners who sounded desperate since their schools’ registrations have been radically reduced although they offer special discounts while some others have already closed down and the list seems to be endless…
The government’s new cut-downs declaration has frozen the interior market and their promises about development sound like a military anthem in a bleak area full of scattered corpses.
On top of that, new ‘trends’ have evolved; far right groups of activists have made their appearance in open markets destroying stalls owned by immigrant people in the presence of MPs and the police…
Signs of our times someone may say, a herald of what is about to come I would insist and this not only due to the fact that thousands of people voted for a far right party out of rage for the unfair measures taken against them.
This is about lack of education and I am not talking only about formal schooling but also about parental guidance.
So, before judging those guys with the black T-shirts for attacking foreigners, we’d better think about what might have probably led them to acting and thinking the way they do.
We are all responsible for this mess as it is always easy to blame others but rarely do we take responsibility for the breach of peace faced in our daily life.
That is why, we as teachers should care not only for the exam results and the exercises we assign our students with but for the moral principles that should be instilled in them from an early age.
And these principles should include love and respect for the others no matter their race or religion, skin or sexuality, height or weight.
But who really finds the time to talk about these issues especially when school owners have long cared only about their schools’ exam results and registrations?
Our insatiable greed for money, popularity and success all these years accompanied by ruthless competition with each other should also be held accountable for the dead end we all have come to, whether we admit it or not.
To conclude, you may think that holding a degree or a certificate may entitle you to the occupation of the English language teacher but what we should be entitled to is that of the accomplished pedagogue, something that seems to have long been forgotten by the vast majority of teachers.
So, before complaining or making a grimace of disappointment, think about your responsibility and next time you see children bullying other children in your school or anywhere around you, do not turn a blind eye but do your best to stop the beast within!
English teacher, consultant and author
Ο κος Εμμανουήλ Χρήστος είναι καθηγητής της Αγγλικής, αρθογράφος στην εφημερίδα ’ELT News’ και συγγραφέας βιβλίων που αφορούν την διδασκαλία της Αγγλικής γλώσσας. Η πολύχρονη διδακτική του εμπειρία στη προετοιμασία υποψηφίων σε επίσημες εξετάσεις πιστοποίησης της Αγγλικής, η συνεργασία του με εκδοτικούς οίκους ξενόγλωσσης εκπαίδευσης καθώς και η συμμετοχή του ως εξεταστής προφορικών σε επίσημες εξετάσεις πιστοποίησης της Αγγλικής, σε συνδυασμό με την Πανεπιστημιακή του κατάρτιση αλλα πάνω απ’ όλα το πάθος του για την Αγγλική Γλώσσα, τον καθιστούν έναν άρτιο επαγγελματία και έναν εν γένει ευσυνείδητο δάσκαλο.