Teaching in a City Versus Teaching in a Rural Area
Uploaded by longquoc88 on Mar 18, 2008
I grew up in an urban area, studied there for twelve years, and then moved to a big city to pursue my teaching career at a university of education. That day, before going to the school, I promised to myself and to my parents that I would return and bring the light of knowledge to my hometown . However, things have changed. After studying so hard and graduating, I applied for a post in a school for the gifted in the city, not the place where I have still been waited. Coming back there would be a beautiful decision, but not practical at all. Why? That is because teaching in a city and teaching in the countryside, despite sharing some similarities, are very different.
At first glance, the teaching in the two places has some things in common. First of all, the aim of the education, regardless of where it is, is to transfer mankind’s basic knowledge to the students, and to help them prepare for their future. That is the most important priority to which every educator should pay close attention. In addition, teaching, in any school, can bring me a chance to reinforce and widen my knowledge. In fact, in the process of interacting with the students, I use the knowledge which I have learned to teach the learners, and may face some questions or problems that require me to do deep research to answer or to solve. That is why there is a saying “teaching is learning”. Moreover, joining in the teaching mission, both in urban and rural areas, I can receive help from society, students’ parents, and some foreign organizations as well. That means teaching, no matter where it takes place, is not a solo job.
In spite of those similarities mentioned above, teaching in a city and teaching in the countryside can be compared as day and night. For one thing, in terms of salary, teaching in the countryside can hardly support my life with just a low payment, especially nowadays when the living cost is getting higher and higher. In contrast, doing such a job in a city provides me not only with higher salary but also with an opportunity to teach at some language centers besides my work at school, meaning that I can earn much more money to have a comfortable life. Furthermore, a school in the city supplies state-of-the-art facilities necessary...