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Re: Ugh....the requirements are insane
Burnt out teacher

    Rodeo-
    I hear ya. Teaching sounds fun and rewarding but it really is a
    sucky, underpaid job with massive politics. It is not worth the
    money. It sounds great...Summers off, etc but when you do work,
    you work like a dog and are spent. Trying to get any type of
    support from anyone is next to impossible. I am leaving the
    profession and my math skills and going into another field.
    I am done!

    On 4/21/08, Rodeo wrote:
    > How many different programs did you call? I am in San Diego.
    > I called several different credential programs. I found
    > several that were 2 year programs. I found one that had an
    > accelerated one year evening program. I did that one.
    >
    > Call around more. Maybe you will find one that is shorter.
    > But really. If I were you I would't want to do it. Subbing
    > is a lot different than teaching. If you think you can
    > reach every math student then you are being unrealistic.
    > Those few that still struggle with math or just won't do the
    > work it takes to learn it will still be there no matter how
    > good you are. It is a really frustrating job. I mean it is a
    > job where you will be blamed for any student who doesn't
    > have the ability or work ethic to learn.
    >
    > If you teach in any school that isn't high performing then
    > your classes will be loaded with students who don't have the
    > math skills for the classes they have been socially promoted
    > into. Subbing a couple days and having some of them get it
    > and feeling proud about that is different than having
    > responsibility for teaching the state standards for a year
    > and having the students understand it enough to apply it
    > independently on a test or as part of more complex problems
    > later.
    >
    > If you become a math teacher, you are now entering a broken
    > world of dysfunctional policies, districts, schools, and
    > administrations. You can never be good enough of a math
    > teacher to protect yourself from the dysfunctions of this
    > sick system or to overcome the sickness to make it really
    > right for the students either. If you want to go into math,
    > just do it with your eyes open.
    >
    > It is like going into social work. You can't save the world.
    > You are going to see and experience a lot of nasty,
    > frustrating things so make sure you can handle that. A good
    > math teacher can't reach them all anymore than a good social
    > worker can stop all the babies on their list from being
    > popped into a microwave to shaken to death or whatever, if
    > you get what I am trying to say.
    >
    > The system works against you and sometimes you will take the
    > rap for things that aren't your fault--like bad parenting
    > or bad genetics or bad placement by the counselors or bad
    > teaching by former teachers or students being passed who
    > never should have been...Can you work under those conditions?