I QUIT TEACHING AFTER TEN YEARS – MY LAST DAY

I QUIT TEACHING AFTER TEN YEARS – MY LAST DAY

December 3, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


(door opens) (footsteps) – We need to talk. (rhythmic music) And that’s it. That’s it, we’re done. Things are clean. This is the last time
I’m gonna be in the classroom for a long time. It feels really weird. I’ve been here every workday for the last decade of my life. I wanna show you
guys this really quickly. Ryan Holiday helped
us get a classroom set of “The Obstacle is
the Way” for my students. And that really
meant a lot to me. He helped push the Donors
Choose campaign on his Twitter and got us funded, I think,
within two or three hours. We got a
classroom set of the book. I think it was really
meaningful for the kids. It’s really cool to be
able to bring something that means so much
to me to them as well. Probably one of
the biggest highlights of my teaching career. So that was kind of weird. What was really
weird about that was, I kept sitting there thinking, like I need to be
nostalgic about this, or I should be more upset. I’m just not. The thing is, I just
don’t have any feelings about it at all. It’s not bittersweet,
I’m not angry, I’m not happy, nothing. Stoicism, I guess. And I feel weird, kinda bad, that I’m just out,
just outta there. But the thing is, it’s just, I feel very
stoic about the whole thing. Like this is not
good or it’s bad. It’s just what’s happening next. And it’s not you,
it’s not me. You know? It’s not personal with my job. It’s none of that stuff. It’s just time. I feel like this should be
a long, poetic video, right? This should be something serious about why I’m leaving teaching and all of that other stuff. I just don’t have the
bandwidth to care anymore, not about teaching or about
kids, or anything like that, I don’t have the
bandwidth to look back. I’m so focused on going forward and the future, and my clients, and what’s coming next, which I’ll tell you guys
about in maybe 30 seconds. But I just don’t wanna
pay any mind or anything to bad times I’ve had,
bad memories, or frustrating things
that have happened in the past that have led me to
start side businesses and led me to switch schools, and led me to now just
wanna leave teaching. I’m gonna finish
this when I get home. I’m pretty sure
what I’m doing right now is not only unsafe
and possibly unethical, but illegal in
the city of Chicago. For the final time ever, (clicks) Ta-da, success. We did it.