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Re: Ugh....the requirements are insane

    I would think that if you have went through that much math in
    college, you would find a much higher paying job than being a
    teacher. It just isn't worth it in my opinion. I am too old to
    go back to college for that long and that much money. It isn't
    like there is a lucrative job at the end of the rainbow. I would
    maybe make in the upper 30s, hardly alot of money these days.
    I tend to agree with you. I think being a teacher is probably
    one of the most underrated jobs in the Country. It is a very
    hard job with many demands and few support systems. I can tell
    that just from subbing. And you are correct. If you do not get
    in a good school, the students could care less about doing well
    or getting it. My positive experiences have been in decent,
    achieving schools.

    On 4/21/08, Rodeo wrote:
    > By the way, that is a common misconception that you implied.
    > That there is a shortage of math teachers mainly because the
    > requirements to become one are prohibitive. Actually, if all
    > the math teachers with credentials would teach math there
    > would not be a shortage.
    > A significant reason for the shortage is the high numbers of
    > credentialled math teachers who quit teaching math. Teaching
    > math is a revolving door or if you think of the supply of
    > math teachers being a partially filled bucket, then picture
    > that bucket having a hole in the bottom.
    > What made that hole? Miserable working conditions are the
    > cause of the hole in the bottom of the math teacher supply
    > bucket.
    > And it isn't exclusively bad math teachers who quit.
    > Statistically speaking, the highest qualified math teachers
    > (highest IQs, highest SAT scores, highest college GPAs,
    > attended the best colleges, etc.) leave in higher
    > proportions than the least qualified ones. Being a "good"
    > math teacher will not protect you from the horrid working
    > conditions.