This week, I am mad because someone, on another forum, has asked some teachers for advice in regards to becoming a teacher, not because this person has an overwhelming desire to be in the classroom or because s/he has always dreamed of molding young minds or to become an educational inspiration for younger generations, OH NO.
This person would like to become a teacher because, essentially, s/he cannot find a first choice job and "teaching ... sounds ... interesting ..."
As you know, I find this opinion--that teaching is a fallback career that anyone can do--to be not only condescending but also very insulting.
In the first place, there is a level of education that must be acquired before one can just waltz to the front of a classroom. Second, there is a massive amount of testing that one must
I'm actually quite proud of myself for not publicly eviscerating this person in the forum. I had gotten quite worked up, as I'm sure you can imagine.
The poster had asked us (veteran teachers) for advice on breaking into the field. S/he was not interested in advice such as "You need a degree in education" or "If you are looking for an easy job, try your local nuclear reactor."
Instead, s/he was looking for a quick ticket to Teacher Junction, and I thought, but did not say, the following:
If you would like to be a teacher, please complete the steps below:
1. Find a giant rock. Its shape and location are not important, but it should weigh at least as much as a small car.
2. Find a steep hill. If a hill is not available, lay a board against the side of a house at a 45 degree angle.
3. Every day, from 7:30 until 3:15, push the giant rock up the hill/board. You may have one toilet break in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch is at 10:35 and should last no longer than 20 minutes.
4. Enlist friends, neighbors, and total strangers to stand around and watch your progress. They should feel free to critique every move you make.
5. For every day that you fail to push the rock to the top of the hill/board, write a minus sign next to your name; likewise for every successful day, give yourself a plus. At the end of 184 days, if your minuses exceed your pluses, you could lose this cushy, easy job.
Pay is slightly above minimum wage, and may be dependent upon your positive effect data (your plus/minus differential).
After one year, in spite of any emotional or physical decline, if you feel up to facing that rock again, YOU ARE READY TO BE A TEACHER.