Came across this quote in the bestseller by Haemin Sunim (a Korean Buddhist monk):
“A cruel irony: The reward for someone who works hard is more work.”
This immediately called to mind those former students of mine who have taught for a few years, found their feet, gained the trust of their superiors, and begun to flourish professionally. Very often, they will be assigned more and more duties. On the one hand, they are glad that their capability is being recognised. On the other hand, they may become increasingly stressed by the ever-expanding duties on their plate. Some of them may be let down by not being able to spend more time with their students, which was something they had enjoyed the most a few years back when they were young teachers.
It’s a difficult dilemma for conscientious teachers.