Ben Jatos: Why I Teach

Diane Ravitch's blog

Ben Jatos is a high school English teacher in a Portland, Oregon area high school. He has taught for 20 years. He just started his own blog, and he began by asking why he became a teacher and why he continues to teach.

He begins:

“As a new school year begins, I think it’s important for every teacher to answer the question: Why do I teach? This year, this is my answer.

“When I reflect on the circumstances that led me into teaching, there are three main things that happened to me prior to declaring as an education major in college.

“First, when I was 17, my father told me that when I went to college I should earn a degree that came with a title. For example, if I were to major in business I wouldn’t leave college as a businessman. But if I had a degree in…

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