It has been said time and again here...coffee is the bonding agent in cultures, and any relationships. In other words, coffee makes the world go 'round.
Yet, today caffeine is not the only societal powerhouse, supporting/driving the world as it is known today. Of course, this means it is not the only physical subject of culture facing a crisis. But, it does go hand in hand with coffee at the end of the day.
What is this 2nd phenomena then?
Simple. It is teaching. Or rather, the art of being a teacher or professor, in world that is in constant need of education professionals, but it also always taking advantage of the men and women who work so hard to help others learn, on a daily basis.
Teachers Who Love Coffee By: Mariah P. K. Ardrey
It is no secret that, just like the coffee they rely on to make a positive change in their day(s), teachers also impact others. Educators change lives.
Melody Sessoms, former Starbucks barista turned 1st grade teacher at the Oaktree Academy, said that the best thing about being a teacher is, "Watching the light come in their eyes when they finally understand something, or when it finally clicks, and they get excited about reading".
Sessoms also said, that the hardest thing about teaching is, "classroom management and keeping my energy levels as high as possible to try and match theirs. I used to drink 2-4 cups of coffee every day, as a matter of fact, but I'm down to 1-2 cups now."
From the English and Science teachers in primary education, that encourage their students to take their education a step further, to the professors who go above and beyond, to make lasting connections with their students, even after the classroom scene fades away. Educators are a staple in the lives of almost every human being on earth today.
But, the teaching profession is in danger.
Around the globe, both a teaching and learning crisis are occurring. According to The World Bank's article The Education Crisis: Being in School is Not the Same as Learning, the crisis is occurring for a number of reasons.
1. A 1st dimension of poor learning outcomes.
3. And a 3rd dimension of deeper systemic causes.
At the end of the day, the education crisis is much like the caffeine crisis, it is a multifaceted problem, with no immediate or single-handed solution.
Teachers in local school districts--and around the world--face poor compensation, budget cuts, under-disciplined children, and being spread thinner than ever, in their classrooms these days. And that is just naming only a few of their problems.
Melody Sessoms said she wished other people realized, "It [teaching] is way harder than anyone realizes, and teachers get taken for granted while expected to do a crazy amount of things," and there really isn't much actual time off for teachers, even during the summer, to recharge.
And as it turns out, college professors face many of the same problematic circumstances as local teachers do.
According to Sarah Kendzior's article The Adjunct Crisis is Everyone's Problem, "...there is no escaping the consequences of academia’s reliance on contingent labor. If you do not experience the adjunct crisis directly as an academic, you may well experience it as a citizen: as a student, a parent, or a professional facing a similar contingency crisis in your own field. The adjunct crisis in academe both reflects and advances a broader crisis in labor. Our exploited professors are teaching our future exploited workers."
A major problem again, in both the education crisis, and the caffeine crisis, lies in highly skilled labor(s) being paid below the poverty line, while society continues demanding more from them as professionals and individuals.
Yet, despite the all the difficulties teaching and education present, there are still many special individuals who continue to seek impacting the lives of their students, every day.
Professor Tillett shared that in his role as an educator, and the current acting director for Regent's online graphic design program, he teaches anywhere between 7-11 courses a semester, develops courses and navigates new course material, while also maintaining relationships with students, faculty, and other professionals outside the education scope of Regent University. All the while, still working as the head of various clubs and e-sports teams on campus, and much more.
Tillett said, "the greatest thing about being a professor, really, is seeing the fruit of my labor...the greatest thing about being a professor...is seeing a freshman change into this new man or women [over time] who is about to go off and do some really amazing things. Hearing about their successes, about them making a difference in the world...knowing I had an impact on that, on their lives, is one of the greatest things about being a professor."
It is obvious now, more than ever, that education's importance--even in its tiniest details--is paramount to the existence of human kind.
Teachers love coffee, and coffee loves teachers. And without either of these, the world as it is now known, would cease to exist.
So, take into consideration, that educators most be treated better, as must the coffee bean, and maybe, just maybe, these 2 realms of professionalism will make a steady and prominent come-back.