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    Re: Considering Teaching High School Math/Physics in Delawar
    To Nick

    Hey Nick,

    Most people who are thinking of being teachers always say they
    don't care about the money and they are not material. Let me put
    it to you this way...

    Do you care about being able to take a vacation to Ireland this
    year and Paris the next and to see the pyramids the year after and
    maybe Peru the next year to see Macchu Picchu and stay at some
    rainforest preserves where you can see butterflies and birds. How
    about a month in Belize or some unheard of little island where you
    can lay on the beach and have massages and have all your food
    needs catered to you. What about going to Canada to stay in the
    ice palace that is made from solid ice every winter and that melts
    in the spring? Have you seen the Great Wall of China? Have you
    visited the Auschwitz museum?

    OK, so money doesn't matter. But your time on this earth is very
    short. And having traveled a lot, let me tell you, it is priceless
    to see those things but they COST money. I did a lot of it the
    hard way because I didn't have money by staying in hostels and only
    eating one meal a day and taking the bus in the rain, snow and
    cold and sometimes begging free nights sleep at cool young
    people's places that I met (I am female so not scary for people).
    But that is REALLY not the best way to travel. Wouldn't it be nice
    to stay in nice places and have a couple really good meals a day
    instead of just buying a loaf of bread and some sandwich meat to
    last you the whole day?

    You might think that the 2 months off you get as a teacher will
    make traveling easier...but honestly, more 3 weeks traveling on a
    vacation gets to be too long anyway and most decent professional
    jobs will give you at least 2 weeks automatically and you can
    negotiate for more before you take the job.

    Teaching is so stressful that it will eat away a lot of your
    personal life. You will have to spend a lot of time and money to
    become certified. If you every move to a different state, you will
    have to go through a lot of it all over again.

    In my estimation, it wouldn't be worth it if I were in your
    position. But that is a decision only you can make.

    A couple of ideas for you if you are dead set on becoming a
    teacher. At least become dually certified in more than
    math/science. In most states you can become certified in other
    subjects just by passing tests. So I am certified for elementary
    ed, English, history, and math. Guess what the order of difficulty
    of the tests were? No surprise, the math was exponentially harder
    than the others. The elementary tests were pathetically easy. The
    history and English were both not too hard with the history
    requiring more knowledge than the English. So you see how easy it
    would be for you to be dually certified.

    Why do this? First, it makes you more marketable. And second--BUT
    MORE IMPORTANT-- if you teach math and then find that it is a hell
    subject to teach in the school or district you are in then after
    you get tenure (2-3 years) you can switch to history and your life
    will be a cake walk compared to teaching math. Math, physics, and
    chemistry are the absolute worst subjects to have to teach so set
    yourself up for the option to teach something easier

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