I am reading a lot of posts about how ECC is hurting during these times with the pandemic. I understand that this has brought out more than ever now how important we as ECC teachers are to our communities. My question is what has happened to our younger generation's work ethic. After a few years working back in childcare as a infant teacher, I am seeing absolutely no work ethic with the younger teachers.
I should note that I am the oldest staff member at the center. I am 54 years old and still hold a strong work ethic. There are a few good ones out there, but they are far and few between. Is it a generation thing or is it because of the pay being so low that it is attracting people who are not totally qualified. I am also noticing that my director is also scrambling to find good quality teachers so sometimes she has to go with someone who is less qualified and hope for the best.
It just seems to me that my generation was raised to have a strong work ethic and today's generation simply has little to none that I have noticed. I continue to do this job as I feel I am playing an important role in nurturing and loving these infants in hope that it prepares them for the next adventure in their tiny little lives. Is it too much to ask the same from my younger co teachers?
I understand that the younger generation has had different life experiences than I may have had. My strong work ethic has come from watching and observing my parents working hard and seeing how they had pride in their jobs. I find it sad that that type of pride is not seen much anymore. I know that the profession of early childhood education is a tough one and there are many obstacles the profession needs to overcome, but we as teachers should be proud of what we are doing. I mean we are helping teach these young children and we are helping shape the future in a way by positively influencing these children's lives. I mean we have the opportunity to partner with parents to help shape a well rounded child so they can move onto their next milestones.
I am in total agreement that the qualifications for this job is not consistent around the United States and the pay for the job we do is not appropriate, but we as early childhood teachers already know that when we take on the job. Why take on the job if you can't work with a strong work ethic.
After reading your responses I still think that it is sad that my younger peers find it hard to put forth some effort into all aspects of teaching these young children. I started my first job when I was 14 as a dishwasher at a restaurant and was a hard worker. I held several jobs in my lifetime and I put my all into each one because that is how I was raised. I understand things are different now thanks to technology we have become a society addicted to our cell phones. I myself have a cell phone, but it never comes out when I am at work. I have the ringer off and it stays in my bag. I will have to admit that when I moved from Milwakee to Wausau I did see less of a problem with coworkers having their phone out all the time which was a plus in my book.
I try to give my coworkers the benefit of the doubt in some cases, but when it comes down to the well being of the infants I find myself frustrated that they are not better trained in taking care of these children. Maybe I just need to take a deep breath and go into work and do what I do and hope my coworkers will pick up on my strong work ethic and see that I put the needs of the children first.