Why teachers should be poor

Teachers should be poor because then no one will want to teach.

The problem in Saudi Arabia is that, although a lot of the guys here have a decent amount of experience with teaching, most of them are just here to make money. When their students don’t want to learn, the teachers, for the most part, don’t want to teach.

It’s understandable. I mean, naturally, it’s hard to stay motivated when you have 30+ reasons staring you in the face each day to just give up. For a normal person, it would make sense to quit.

But teachers can’t really do that. I mean, they can, and do, but they shouldn’t. It’s kind of their job to teach, regardless of whether or not anyone wants to learn. I’d argue that the teacher’s primary job is to get the students motivated to learn, regardless of whether or not they come that way.

And most of the time, that works out. Teachers don’t get into teaching for the money. Unless they’re selling seminars, they’re at the low end of the pay scale, and they know this going into it.

Until they get to Saudi. Then suddenly the economics change, and teachers are teaching, not to teach or motivate or inspire, but to make money. Everyone wants to teach then.

That’s why teachers should be poor.