Why would anybody want to be a teacher?

I just read an article about how the Koch brothers are
funding anti-tenure legislation all across the nation. I can’t go a day without
reading how pensions are bankrupting America; remember when teachers created
the housing bubble that nearly wrecked the world? Oh neither do I. Then there
is Common Core, which ratchets up high stakes testing further eroding
flexibility, and creativity.
Sure the attacks against teachers have slowed down some as
alternatives sold as saviors like charter schools and vouchers have failed and
a few teachers sacrificed their lives to protect children in Connecticut and
Oklahoma but after years of being the villain of the narrative it’s hard to
forget all the assertions about lazy teachers only concerned with their
Cadillac benefits and summers off that people like Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush,
Bill Gates and Arne Duncan have made. Now they reserve their nastiest attacks
for unions and teacher colleges.
I have also read something like half of all teachers are
going to retire in the next ten years and that’s got to be half the teachers
that made teaching a career because we all know almost half of all new teachers
don’t last five years.
Throw in salaries for most teachers not being on par with other
professionals and benefits getting more and more expensive and providing less
and less and I ask again why would anybody want to be a teacher?

Oh I remember, it’s my kids thanking me for being
there and it’s the light I can sometimes see go off when they finally get what
I am teaching. Today it makes it worth it.

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