After a real rough week on the teaching front, a parent was kind enough to drop one of my all time favorites on me today..."My husband would love to be a teacher, but then I would have to work." I have also heard, "I would love to teach but there is no way we could make ends meet." And this doozy, "My husband would love to teach...when he retires."
Look, I appreciate the sympathy, but I am not doing this for pennies. I don't put out my guitar case at the end of the day. I also have news for these people. I actually do earn money for my job. I meant to work for no pay, but the district will not allow it. Nor will state law. One other point: Sure, I would love to make more money but much of why I teach is purely selfish. I love it. I wake up every morning excited to go to work. I found my dream job and how many people can actually say that? Sure, it is cool that I actually do help kids, but I also have so much fun.
One other thing as long as I am on a teaching rant. Just once I would love to be known as "a good teacher" rather than "a good male teacher." I know it is rare that a male teaches in the younger grades, but that alone does not a good teacher make. Just to cut you off in the comments - no I am not willing to have a sex change.