This is my first contribution to this blog. I'll introduce myself; I'm Steve, a primary school teacher in Leeds, UK. Part of my degree is in Medical Sciences (in the UK, all teachers have a degree in addition to their teaching qualification).
Today though, I'd like to concentrate on something more relevant to myself. I have the pleasure of teaching 30 amazing 10 year olds every day. Most of these kids are quite intelligent. It's a school in a “well off” area. Many of the parents are successful professionals in a range of fields - the exact group of people who often feel pressurised into ending unplanned pregnancies (to further “develop their careers”). So, twice a year, I have the pleasure of telling parents who I know will have considered abortions how well their kids are doing and how much I love having them in my class. I really love “parent's evenings”! The sparkle in a parent's eye when you're saying nice things about their child is just amazing. Imagine if they'd decided to end that child's life for “convenience”. I wouldn't have the pleasure of teaching them every day, seeing them progress, taking them on school trips to the beach or any of the other things that make my job so amazing. Every child makes me smile every day, even those who can be challenging. The idea that my profession has missed out on 7 million in this country alone simply devastates me.
I could go on to talk about particular children, especially the ones I have taught who could’ve legally been aborted up until full term by law (those with certain disabilities), but I think I’ll leave that for another day.
I’ll just leave you with one simple thought: I’m a 29, male and play 4 competitive sports regularly – I’m really, really testosterone fuelled! But I cried last Friday when my class moved on. Children are amazing, every single one.