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Re: Is there anyone who likes their teaching job?
Debbie

    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
    >> classroom.
    >>
    >> I would like to hear more, so if anyone else has anything
    >> constructive to add I would really appreciate it.
    >>
    >> Thanks everyone,
    >> Allison
    >