Teach Yourself Out Of A Job
It’s bad business, yes, but it’s good teaching to do it so well that you consistently teach yourself out of a job. In other words, you teach your students all you know so thoroughly that eventually they will move on to learn from others.
A Bellydance ‘teacher’ (the inverted commas are there for a reason - you’ll see why in a minute) once told me that she doesn’t teach certain things to her students because she doesn’t want to “give away all [her] little tricks”. I told her that a true teacher teaches absolutely everything she knows.
If you’re hiding things from your students for fear they’ll eventually not need you, you’re not behaving like a true teacher. If you teach your students well enough, they should eventually fly the nest. In fact, the worry of a true teacher is when advanced students don’t move on after years of learning with her: that’s when something’s not quite right
Teach with verve, teach with enthusiasm, and teach ALL you know.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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