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Mar. 23rd, 2006 @ 02:53 pm Teaching
Several things fell into my lap in the last few days. I've never really mentioned it often here, but there are some of you out there that know this desire. I really would like to be a teacher, but there were many things holding me back. Most of those have been obliterated in the last year, or I have the guts to stand up to them.

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?
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From:kyhwana
Date:March 23rd, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
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It's said that you learn more by teaching than you normally would..
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From:amberinside
Date:March 23rd, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
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The world needs more GOOD teachers. If you think you'll be good at it, go for it.
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From:cuprohastes
Date:March 23rd, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
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I point out that the guy involved with that phrase saved the world practically and his sidekick, if you know The Diamond Age, goes on... to be a teacher.
Teaching is one of those things that is severely under-rated. A Good teacher is literally changing the way a child thinks - you'd be having a small but significant impact on every person you taught. I'd say go for it if you have the aptitude and desire to be a teacher.
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From:chirik
Date:March 24th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
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Teachers are probably the most important profession in many ways.

They're underrecognized, though.

I've thought teaching might be fun, but don't know that I have the skills for it.
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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I'd always thought it was "Those who can't, get MBA's," but I am bitter. =};-3

Hey, a bloo bunny told me it was your natal anniversary today. Happy times. Celebrate with punch and pie.