Mid-life crisis or career pivot?

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    I am seriously considering becoming a teacher. I have obtained my short-term sub-license and have been actively subbing for a whopping 2 days. So far 5th grade and 12th grade. Tomorrow junior high. The juniors and seniors seem to be the best for me. I am an influencer and feel this level is the best place for my skills and feel this is where God wants me. Thoughts? Opinions? What the he!! are you thinking? Plus, I would have to have divine provision to be able to afford to switch.
     
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    My dad taught for around 30 years. My opinion? Run as far and fast as you can.
     
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    My mom was a teacher as well. She did art (mainly elementary, I think), so probably had a little more "fun" than most, but that said I don't think she misses it at all. Especially towards the end of her time. Hearing about how terrible the kids are nowadays (not like we weren't when I was a kid, haha) and all of the budget nightmares going on seemingly everywhere I'm amazed that people are still going into this profession. Obviously someone has to but still.

    My mini "rant" or thought on this subject is pretty simple. I'm almost positive nothing like this will ever happen, but I think it's absolutely f**king absurd how much money professional athletes get paid in relation to the people we're trusting with educating the youth of our nation (and/or entire world). Imagine how much better off we'd be as a whole if these pay scales were reversed, or even just balanced. There's not much that gets me "excited" or riled up in a negative way, but this is definitely one of them. And now I have a child of my own going through the "system" and it sucks.

    Rick, you're an incredible person and I know you'd make a great educator (whether it's school subjects or just life in general). I admire your courage and wish you the best. And please bring back the yard stick beatings.
     
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    I see too much school related crap on Twitter. Based on that alone, I would go into a high school only if I were allowed to carry. But I'm sure situations vary a lot based on where the school is located. Any mid-life career change has to be a scary thing to do. If you enjoy it, more power to you. I'm sure it can be a very rewarding profession just as it can be very frustrating.

    Only you know what's right for you. Good luck with your decision. Lord knows this world needs all the quality teachers it can get.
     
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    God bless you if you do. I know its not for me especially down there in the wicked city.

    When I moved back up north a couple years ago I have gone in for career type days to talk to the kids about manufacturing jobs and such and the classes up here were fairly well behaved. But you could tell most of them could careless about what I had to say.
     
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    That's because they are all gonna become influencers on YouTube or TikTok and become millionaires.
     
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    Maybe that’s what Rick should do!? Be a “teacher” on the Tikitiy-Tokity?
     
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    Pay is terrible and union based, kids are taught they are invincible little ****s, you have to teach an approved curriculum (varies by age/subject)

    Best of luck, my sister dropped public school for better pay at a charter school if that helps at all
     
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    If it was that terrible, why did he stay for 30 years?
     
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    Man, thank you for all the comments, seriously. It gives me a few things to think about. I could stay a "perma-sub" which might not be too bad provided I could survive without becoming a Walmart greeter (not that there's anything wrong with that...)
     
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    Some videos on Twitter make Walmart look like an inner city high school in some ways.

    I think Vector was making two unrelated statements, one, that his dad taught for 30 years, and two, Vector's opinion is to run and not teach.
     
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