Oldest niece is slowly training to be a teacher. My sister is a teacher. Sister teaches year 10, 11 and 12 lads. I think she does a fine job with them. Her love of sport no doubt helps greatly. In my own right, I was a teacher of sorts once. Not a proper one mind. My blog seems to be littered with comments by ex teachers. I put that down to that they can string a sentence together.
I feel a bit proud of oldest niece, even though we have never connected well. She has done a teacher placement at a school in a very socially underprivileged area. At the end of her placement, her students made up a board with their thank you messages. It is hanging in her Dad's place, that is Tradie Brother's place. I was a bit gobsmacked at the messages. The kids are actually quite literate and can write a thank you message to their teacher for the week. Ok, there were a couple of clangers, but generally, nice and well written messages, and mostly in far better hand writing than I can manage.
Maybe our state education system is not quite as bad as it is painted.