Re: Is there anyone who likes their teaching job?
Math Teacher

    Well, here is one. I worked in high-tech for over 2 decades and we worked hard
    and played hard. 80+ hour work weeks were the norm.
    Weekends were spent on a plane and preparing things. Of
    course, the kids did get to see lots of the country....

    With all that work came great financial rewards. So
    I "retired," got my permanent licenses and have spent the
    last 3 years teaching in Math in a "tough" district. My
    wife claims I like it because the kids are all juvenile
    delinquents, just like I was. I like it because I can talk
    real world stuff to link to the vague mathematical concepts
    and the administration lets me do it. The results have been

    HOWEVER, as you know, the pay sucks. If this was the only
    life I knew at the rate of pay that teachers get, I would
    whine too. But it's not and I am financially secure. I am
    the rare exception.

    So yes, overall, teachers whine even more than a bunch of
    high-school freshman. However, if I had to survive on what
    they get as my only income, I would probably be whining too.


    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.
    > Allison