• Pros: -You get to help people -You don't have work in the summer -if you teach in the suburbs or at a private school -if you teach at a boarding school you could get free board and food Cons: -High schoolers can be difficult to deal with -Bad pay, if your in a poor area -No work inthe summer means you have to find something else to pay bills -can be repetetive and you might end up jaded
  • The pros: You have the opportunity to help education the next couple of generations of kids and prepare them for adulthood. You have pretty good job security. You get nice long vacations (especially during the summer if you want it). The cons: The pay is not the best. You have to deal with a lot of kids who are only there because they are forced to go to school. You have to deal with parents who are more likely to blame anyone else but their own kid for the fact that he is not doing what he needs to do to pass the course. You have to deal with bureaucracies that are not as concerned about whether the children actually learn the material as they are with protecting their own jobs. Just how much of a problem the latter three cons are will depend on the culture of the area in which the school is. If it is a school where the culture expects the children to actually learn then they will not be so bad. However, if the culture is one of indifference to education, then these problems can be very bad. In any event the pay is always not really that good. (The cons of being a high school teacher are why I chose to teach on the college level even though, around here at least, I get paid less than a similarly qualified high school teacher.) To put it simply, teaching is a calling of the heart. It has to be something that you really want to do. Few teachers are going to do better than a middle class income. So, we don't do it for the money. We do it because we want to help prepare future generations for the responsibilities and challenges that they will face as they become adults.

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