Things are so bad now versus even 10 years ago. Students come to school
with bad attitudes and lousy values. I would not recommend teaching to
anyone. It is a horribly hard job with long hours, bad pay and no
support. If I had another field I could go into I would. Right now, I
feel stuck. The economy is not good for making a career change.
On 5/04/08, Ex-vet wrote:
> There are good days and bad days. I teach in a Title 1 school, so it
can be difficult. You
> have already heard about the unruly kids, unsupportive parents, lousy
pay, lack of support
> from above, long hours, testing, testing, testing, etc... I am a
retired vet. I teach the fifth
> grade. I began work as a teacher at 45. With this, I have a clear
advantage over all of the
> younger teachers. My life experience offers my kids things they have
never seen or heard.
> Everyday they learn some little nugget of information that they may
have never hear until
> they are adults. These are the magic moments, and if everyday went
like this, I would
> really love the job. I am out for the summer in two weeks. This is
one of the best aspects
> of teaching. Although I do not use the school benefits (I use my
wife's), the benefits are
> outstanding. Again, the pay really sucks, and if it weren't for my
wife bringing in some
> extra income, I could not do this. If you are ready to take on
undisciplined kids and don't
> mind the small paycheck, go for it!
> On 5/04/08, Allison wrote:
>> Wow, thanks everyone for your honest answers. This is exactly what
>> I was looking for.
>> I spoke with the hiring manager before I started school because I
>> wanted to make sure that he would hire a new 40ish teacher. He
>> actually told me that 10 years ago he probably would not have
>> considered it, but experience has taught him that the older
>> teachers that come from industry tend to stay longer and, just
>> like the math guy, use their real world experience in the
>> I would like to hear more, so if anyone else has anything
>> constructive to add I would really appreciate it.
>> Thanks everyone,