If you are new to my blog, welcome! I am a teacher (among other things) currently enjoying my time in the Pre-K world. Learn more about my education site ‘Future Seeds Academy.’
Moving on, I am also a fan of piercings and tattoos. I recently got a new piercing, a nose ring that spurred an array of questions. Hence, this post was born.
There is a stigma among some conservative thinkers that teachers should not have piercings or tattoos. Honestly in today’s era, I don’t see why it matters.
It is as if to say having tattoos and piercings negate the years of schooling and teaching that a teacher goes through. Did you know, in NY, a teacher has to have a Master’s within 5 years of initial certification if they are to be considered highly qualified in the public school system?
I bet you’re thinking, more education equals more money. However, that is not the case. There are people with an associate’s degree who make way more than many teacher’s can dream but that’s a different post.
I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, why is it seen as unprofessional in some schools if a staff member has a tattoo or piercing in a world that is more accepting than ever?
Teachers are role models first and foremost. However, why can’t a teacher be a positive role model by showing his or her students that they accept themselves. Aren’t we encouraging individuality and self-acceptance?
Thankfully, my school is more on the liberal side and usually does not bat an eyelash at a new piercing or tattoo.
I’m left with more questions than answers.
What are your thoughts? If your child’s teacher approached you with piercings or visible tattoos, what may be the first thought that pops into your head?
Leave your comments below. Until next time.
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