those who can

A few evenings ago, I sat with hometown friends and reflected aloud upon my all-time least favorite saying:

Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.

“Spoken like someone who’s never had to effectively communicate anything complex. Ever,” I said.

I was about to expand on this when I noticed tears in a teacher friend’s eyes.

“I love you, Debbie,” she replied.

As my boys and I drive back toward our SoCal home, I think how hard it is to communicate effectively even without layers of regulations constraining you. And I think:

Those who are skilled at communicating complexity to kids often teach. Those who are aggrieved about being unskilled, bitch about those with skill.

Here’s, then, to those who not only can reach kids, but do.

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  1. November 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Teaching is a sadly underappreciated profession. And here at least, underpaid too. As are carers.
    Sad that we underpay/under recognise such important (essential) skills isn’t it?

  2. November 26, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    As a former teacher, thank you for recognizing the dedication and impact of good teachers. Choosing to teach is truly a labor of love.

  3. November 27, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I have only respect for teachers. A few amazing teachers made a difference in my life…they believed in me

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