The talk had many dimensions; one I'm still thinking about had to do with a perceived lack of gratefulness on behalf of students in response to the work and attitudes we bring to the classroom. In turn, this got me thinking about this somewhat odd set of terminological relationships:
whore is to sex trade worker as teacher is to _________?
Now, I know this is a weird-and-very-GRE-equation, but I started playing with it because Dale got me thinking about a theme that's come up on this blog (and in the comments) before: how teachers/instructors/professors seem viewed as service workers in the US as opposed to social servants. (In fact, TT clarified this distinction for me at one point.) This frustrates many of our own self conceptions and leads to repeated friction.
In teaching future teachers of various kinds this semester, both at the grad and undergrad levels, I want to try to start developing a Pedagogical Disposition of the Civil Servant that can function as a strategic positioning that might militate against being viewed as service workers without demeaning those in the service industry. That last part is the catch.