It is interesting that the Roy High article and this one would appear in the
same edition of the DN.
Are there risks associated with teaching? Sure! Same as with any occupation.Between teaching jobs, I worked in a metal fabrication factory--once as a
parts assembly man and once as an administrative assistant with plant safety as
part of my job.I needn't relate the list of injuries, including
life-threatening ones, I witnessed. I even came close to losing a finger or two
to a punch press when on the assembly line.In my teaching years,
allegations of misconduct were more rare than the frequent plant accidents. Most
teachers faced minor complaints from parents and students, but these were
manageable. My observations were that most students respected most teachers even
if a teacher was not a "favorite."Since retiring, I now substitute
in a number of schools. IMO recent innovations in education have resulted in
improved quality of teachers and students.Teaching is not a profession one
should avoid because of the risks. Rather, the rewards overwhelm any real or
imagined peril. One of those comes when meeting former pupils outside
educational settings and renewing friendships.
If your looking for a dead end job with very little respect then teaching is it.
I'm sure you will love the pay. One bonus is your kids will qualify for
free school lunch.
I have had several "careers." I loved my 19 years of teaching full time
on 2700 South in SLC. The article covered many important factors in becoming a
teacher, and it certainly is an attainable goal. However, if you don't
truly love working with people (children AND adults), it won't work. It is
essential to have a huge dose of patience and resilience. I would say I attained
those through the grace of God, and I would say that it wouldn't have
worked had I not had children of my own and had a start on those qualities,
thanks to my children.
Am a retired USA public school teacher living in Chile, and the "five
secrets" are all good. If you love teaching and children of all ages,
they will know it and love you back. If you respect yourself and your students,
they will feel that and respect you. It was always an adventure, never boring,
and I wouldn't change any of it if I could do it again.
Warning!!! If you plan to become a teacher you better bring a teacher's
aid/witness with you every day unless you are willing to take the chance of some
spoiled brat pointing a finger at you screaming sex offender and have the entire
school district, the cops, and the community out for your blood. Good luck with