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Danny Clarke

We certainly need good educators, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields. Here are some of the positives:

- Work indoors, out of the elements, if that is what suits you.
- Most school districts still offer health benefits (although that is changing) and pension funds (also changing.)
- The thrill that comes when a student has an "aha moment."

The negatives:
- Pay is typically low ($40K to $60K for an experience K-12 teacher. More ($70K+) for a tenured faculty member at a college/university.
- Students, especially older ones, are pre-occupied with their electronic toys and impatient for anything taking much thought (like maths word problems.)
- Increasing violence at schools and on campuses.

I hope you feel the positives outweigh the negatives, and continue on to become a teacher. My daughter and I both teach, and we both enjoy it, although since she teaches pre-kindergarten and I teach at the community college, I think she enjoys it more.

Best wishes for your future success.

Answered 2 years ago

Danny Clarke