I've been writing stuff since I was about 15.
Well... It would be a much fairer assessment to say that I have tried to
During my school years, I almost never felt the urge to write. The inspiration just wasn't there at all.
It was during holidays and such that I could get back in tune with myself enough to actually feel any form of inspiration.
I am completely against how the organization works from top to bottom.
Actually studied pedagogy for a year because I hoped to change it...
Went to a Reggio Emilia school to do my "field studies".
Apparently, the Reggio Emilia philosophy is all about fostering creativity and free thinking.
It was largely a bunch of horseshit, but some teachers were actually doing what they were supposed to: inspiring kids to learn, not forcing them.
Being a teacher is not at all about depriving students of hats, cell-phones, chewing gums or making them sit correctly on a goddamn chair.
But... Somewhere along the line someone decided to hire a bunch of anal-retentive ESTJs to do the job of mature and knowledgeable ENFJs, and the tradition is honestly getting a bit old.
Honestly, make a topic interesting enough and the students will listen to you.
It is not hard to do at all. And for God's sake, don't grow old inside.
Dealing with teachers who are old, old-fashioned and strict...
Well, it becomes kind of like if grandma is having the birds and bees talk with her teenage grandchild.
It's just embarrassing, and not very enlightening at all.
They might know the subject very well, but being a teacher is first and foremost about being good with young people. Essentially being young, without losing control of who is in charge. Without really appearing harsh (which makes them want to rebel)...
It's a fine balance.
But it's still a teachers fault if he or she can't inspire.
Go take a look at a job at Walmart or something. If your students does not listen to you, teaching is not your destined vocation and you make people suffer all day long for years.