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    Posted September 12, 2012 by
    Piscataway, New Jersey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Teachers: Why do you teach?

    Truth and Self Reliance


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Having taught dance education to children ranging from kindergarten to high school, levisanz says what inspires him to teach is his desire to help. "I have begun to adopt the term facilitator because most of my teaching derives from the curiosity of my students and what I do as an educator is invest myself in their journey of finding the truth," he says. "The frustrations I face most as an educator is not the low pay, long hours or poor benefits. It's the ignorance of politicians that are out of touch with what is happening on the ground that draft educational policies that have nothing to do with preparing our future leaders with the tools to become self-reliant, and creative thinking adults."

    Currently pursuing his master's degree in order to teach dance education full-time, he says he has always known that going into this field would be difficult. "Each semester I have to answer the very real question, can I afford it anymore?" he says. Adding that he still chooses this path because he believes he can help students feel like they are a valued part of the world. "Children and adolescents are smarter than we give them credit for. If the administration and politicians really took the time to listen to these future leaders, we wouldn’t be in the mess that we are intoday with our educational system."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    In all truthfulness, we are not necessary.

    When I began my journey to become an educator, the first truth I was taught about child development was that language is caught, not taught. Children learn from their environment – what they see, hear, smell, touch, taste and feel. With the proper guidance, who’s to say that they can’t continue learning in this manner? This truth has been taught out of children and parents alike.

    Today, many public schools have become holding cells for children to live up to unrealistic standards so that parents can go to work without having to pay for a caretaker. Additionally, educators are being held by the same standards as an accountability measurement of their ability to teach which highlights the depth of how much our administration is out of touch with the realities of the real world classroom.

    I teach because I hope that one day I will walk into an empty classroom and not because it’s the weekend, a snow day or holiday, but because my children have learned that they can achieve much more through the power of self reliance than I can ever teach them and as a result of this truth, I have become obsolete.

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