For many years, people thought that becoming a teacher was a great career option. And, while they are essential for this country, the job is far less desirable nowadays. Teachers used to be well-paid and have a dream job. They shaped the minds of our nation’s youth and were applauded for it. Now, though, things have changed. There are arguments to be made that being a teacher is a bad career choice.
Whether you agree with that or not is beside the point. One thing you can’t argue with is that teachers have it tough. And, here are a few reasons why being a teacher is the toughest career choice:
Always Thrown Under The Bus
Teachers always get thrown under the bus when things go wrong. If the average grades in the country drop, then teachers get blamed. If a student commits a crime in the school, the teachers get blamed. They take the blame for so many things, time and time again. And, they’re given a bad name in the media too. Media coverage of teachers is non-existent unless it’s negative. They’ll show teachers strikes all the time, and make them seem like the bad guys. It can be a painful job when you’re given very little credit for the work you do.
Difficult To Climb The Career Ladder
It can be very difficult for a teacher to climb the career ladder. When you think about it, there are only a few senior positions in a school. So, it’s very difficult for everyone to progress and move their career forward. And, it can take ages for a teacher to advance to a higher position. Plus, progression is made even more difficult because of discrimination. Believe it or not, but schools can be a very discriminative place. Typically, women are the ones dealt the hardest deal. Even with Title IX discrimination laws in place, it’s hard for female teachers to progress. Far too often they’re overlooked for male counterparts. And, then you have discrimination against teachers that aren’t local. Some schools are reluctant to hire senior teachers that don’t come from the area. So, it begs the question, why be a teacher?
This is a controversial point, but I believe that teachers are underpaid. Yes, they get a decent salary, but I don’t think it’s enough. Especially when you consider the importance of the job. Their life is devoted to teaching students, and helping to shape the nation. Where would we be today if it wasn’t for teachers feeding us information? Personally, they don’t get paid enough for the hard work they put in each and every day. There are far less important careers out there that get paid way more; it’s not fair.
There you have it; these are my views on being a teacher. I think it’s one of the toughest career choices out there. Sadly, this is reflected in the number of new teachers each year. It’s getting less and less, as people realize how tough a job it is. Hopefully, things will change soon and the number of new teachers will rise again.