Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend-of-a-friend. This is how it went:
Them: So, what do you do?
Me: I’m a music teacher.
Them: Oh, so you’re on half-term at the minute?
Me: Yes, I’ve been on half-term over the last week.
Them: It must be great having three months off a year…
Suffice to say, the conversation didn’t last very long.
I’ve been a qualified music teacher since July 2007 and have been employed in secondary schools on a permanent basis ever since. This is not the first time I have had the ‘three months a year’ comment directed towards me, usually by people (friends included) that have no experience or understanding of the profession. I used to be furious at this, now I usually just roll my eyes and change the subject of the conversation, but for some reason the comment really irritated me yesterday. Continue reading