As a teacher and an educator, I want to educate against ignorance. I get a picture of this super hero teacher that is fighting the crime of ignorance. I tend to think that a good teacher is one that can fight ignorance. I tend to think that a good teacher is one that challenge someone’s mind to rid them of their ignorance.
Have you seen it though? People – stuck in their ignorance. It’s like you can’t change their mind – and the question that I was pondering is – does that mean that I’m not a good teacher? Does that mean that I haven’t educated because ignorance still remains.
Some people need their ignorance. Some find safety and security in their ignorance. Some don’t want to leave it. They want to be ignorant, and you can’t change that.
I think one of the skills of a good teacher is the ability to shed light on ignorance, but it takes a great teacher to allow the person to live in their ignorance. A great teacher will not think that they are a bad teacher if ignorance remains. A great teacher will allow them to live in their ignorance.
At the end of the day, it is their choice to remain ignorant.
But as teachers – so much of identity as such is wrapped around fighting ignorance. It is our super hero power.
Your responsibility is to teach. You do not have the responsibility for making decisions for them – even if they are kids. But you can be amazing. You can be such an amazing influence on your students that they do listen to you. Be that. Be amazing. Unless of course you are ignorant about how amazing you are.