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Education workers must balance work, personal needs

Steve Knagg had some wise words for the faculty and staff of the Ennis ISD as he spoke to the educators about the need to be human.
The world of primary and secondary education is a preoccupation for this country. We expect a lot out of our young students, who hold the future of our nation in their hands and scarcely realize the trials they will face.
We expect equally as much, if not more, out of the teachers we trust to guide our students. Teachers are shepherds. They guide our children through the process of learning skills and honing abilities that will be key to their contribution to our local community, as well as the world outside of Ennis.
The vast majority of teachers are in it for the right reasons. They want to do good, teach young people and be involved in their lives. Their sense of civic duty is strong enough to make their vocation one that entails a lot of overtime and outside-the-classroom work.
We are fortunate to have teachers and staff in our schools who are just those kinds of people, and they work hard to ensure their efforts to help our children are successful.
The process is one that can sap all the energy out of a person. Successful people in the private sector will tell you working past the point of productivity is almost never a good idea — the product suffers, you suffer and the general morale and climate of the workplace can turn sour.
Teachers are, in some ways, mandated to go the extra mile. Many push themselves past the point where what they are doing can really be effective. Of course, we expect that those we entrust with the awesome responsibility of educating others enter the profession knowing full well it is not an easy one. We expect they will do their jobs as best they can, and we expect results as we involve ourselves in our children’s educations.
That said, education workers must remember they, too, are human beings who need time to center themselves, spend with their families and enjoy their lives.
Good work comes from good people in a good state of mind. Knowing that, it is important that educators here and everywhere make the time in their lives to enjoy themselves, care for themselves and maybe even relax once in a while.

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