I have had the opportunity to travel internationally quite a bit this year. I am actually writing this from Queenstown in New Zealand (which is just another state of Australia – come on Kiwi’s – you know its true lol).
The more I travel the more I have grown to appreciate just how great Australia is.
Despite the news reports our education system is in good shape.
Teachers everywhere share the same disappointments and frustrations. We all face the same pressures of shrinking budgets, clueless decision makers, and dis-engaged students.
The great thing is, we get to do it in a country where:
- Mateship and comradery amongst staff is valued.
- We have freedom of religion, and speech.
- We aren’t being abused by a dictatorship.
- We don’t go to work wondering if we will be shot, bombed or invaded
So many teachers would give up everything to have what we have.
My challenge to all Australian teachers (and all teachers everywhere) this year is this. Be intentional about being thankful. Whinge and whine a bit less and take a moment to be thankful for all the amazing things in your life. Teaching is hard, but there is so much to celebrate.