My father being one of the latter, he's always been somewhat derisive of teachers. "Those that do, do, those that can't, teach." has always been one of his little quotes, but I now think some of this is bitterness. He too desired to be a teacher at one point.
I may have the chance to get a second master's, this one in education, and my accreditation in secondary education more or less for free, or at least in such a way that I could pay for it on the fly with a waged night job rather than racking up more debt.
Given my special circumstances, this could be a hard battle, but it's that important to me, because I feel the desire to contribute something to society.
Better flip your burgers or debug your subroutines faster and better than your high school classmate two blocks down the strip is flipping or debugging, because we're in competition with those guys, and people notice these things.
Even if I'm a manager, all I'm doing is managing the guys flipping or debugging. What's the benefit to society for that? Maybe I'd only teach kids that will flip or debug, but even if there's just one kid that goes on to do something special...I would be part of that, it means so much more to me to do that than to be a cog in the machine.
Thoughts and/or opinions?