Where do teachers working for?

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Opinion...

According to Scott Hipsher,  there are two basic approaches one can take with one’s career, the employee  approach and the entrepreneurial approach. While these two approaches are seen throughout society, this will focus on the teaching profession.

In the employee approach a teacher thinks like an employee. The teacher thinks about working for the school, and feels dependent upon the employer for advancement and opportunities for skill development. A teacher with an employee approach to a career will have an expectation that an employer has a paternalistic obligation to provide certain benefits to employees. With the employee approach, one feels the employer has the majority of the power in the relationship.

A teacher with an entrepreneurial approach thinks like a business owner whose main product for sale is his or her skills. The teacher thinks about working for him or herself, and feels responsibility for his or her own advancement and skill development. A teacher with an entrepreneurial approach to a career will always keep options open and will seek to improve his or her attractiveness to employers and therefore can negotiate for more benefits with either current or future employers. With the entrepreneurial approach, one feels an employment relationship has to be a win-win situation for both parties and power in the relationship is more or less equal.

A teacher with an employee approach waits for things to happen, a teacher with an entrepreneurial approach tries to make things happen. A teacher with an entrepreneurial approach sees him or herself as an independent contractor, and not as a subordinate in a hierarchy.

More likely,  teachers who decide to take an entrepreneurial approach will normally have more fulfilling careers and will gain more tangible and intangible benefits than teachers who take the employee approach.

Think about this for  moment, when you go to work, who are you really working for? Your organization or school? Or are you working for your own benefit? How long would you continue to work for your school if you didn’t get paid?

However we need to also realize we work for more than a paycheck. Work can provide us with multiple tangible and intangible benefits. In addition to meeting our material needs, work can provide us with social standing, a feeling of self-worth and a feeling of contributing to society. Few people choose the teaching profession for the financial rewards only, but often teachers place a higher value on many of the intangible benefits that come with a position in the profession.

Those who take an entrepreneurial approach are not only interesting in making money, but also in increasing the intangible benefits one receives.

(This article is just an opinion and responsibility of the one who wrote. It has no intention to doubt every teachers belief. If what you believe is right then you are right).

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