I would say out of 15 teachers in my school, maybe 1 or 2
really like it. It is really a burnout, although what you are
doing is a burnout also. Problem with the U.S. is that we all
work way too much. There are so many society breakdowns
*divorce, kids lonely, drugs, alcohol, etc that are the result
of this overwork and lack of time to make genuine connections.
I will tell you the pros and cons of teaching:
Summers off and breaks when your kids are off of school.
At times it feels like you are making a difference in the life
Bratty, undisciplined kids
Horrible complaining by parents
Very little support from administrators
Long, long days, sometimes 14 hours a day
Huge burnout in field
You get sick alot being around kids that are sick
It is a tough field and I don't really think many teachers
are all that happy. It has high burnout.
On 5/03/08, Allison wrote:
> I know there are going to be some people who get upset no
> matter what I say, but here goes anyway. I have wanted to
> teach since I was sixteen years old and started tutoring
> high school students. I ended up majoring in science at
> university and got high paying lab jobs, instead of
> teaching. I am now going back to school (at night) to
> finally teach.
> The only messages I seem to be hearing from teachers, on
> this board and others is how much they hate their job. I
> spoke about this phenomenon to the local school district
> hiring manager (and this is the point that is going to
> upset people) and he told me, "since most teachers haven't
> held another job, they don't know what it is like in the
> real world and think they are working too much". Before I
> get really flamed, I should mention that I work 50+ hours
> a week, 6 days a week at my lab job. I make twice as much
> as the average teacher, but I also never see my kids and
> would love to have summers off.
> So, please someone tell me that they like their job. I am
> really getting discourage at all the whiners and really
> rude people on this (and other) boards.
> Please don't make any rude comments, just plain honest
> answers. If you are upset by my posting, I am sorry.