Here’s a very provokative post from Ariel Sacks. In honor of women’s history month, she asks to what extent discourses of, and expectations for, teaching are influenced by the profession’s history as a woman’s job:
Teachers have often been expected to give endlessly of ourselves and our time–like only a mother does for her children. There is often guilt when we pull back from the level of sacrifice that has come to be expected of us.
Teachers are expected to be modest. It is difficult to learn to self-promote. Ask teachers who have learned to do it, and they will likely tell you a story of how they struggled to get over their hang-ups around self-promotion. (Case in point–I still do not have business cards; just can’t quite bring myself to do it, though that makes no sense.)
I think she’s on to something…