Reasons Why You Shouldn't Want to Be a Teacher

  • 01

    You May Not Be Prepared to Deal With So Much Frustration

    It's true that some students will make your day and give you a fair amount of satisfaction and deep inside you will feel rewarded. But you feel 10 times more frustrated for all those who don't make it, particularly in low-performing schools.
    When students succeed, their success tends to be seen as their own achievement. If students fail, their failure tends to be seen as the teacher's failure.

  • 02

    You Will Be Held Up to a Really High Standard For Everything

    Is there any other profession where so many people have a say as when it comes to teaching? Some of your peers or even your principal will question your methodology, or your students' achievements, some parents will even raise questions concerning your scientific preparation.

  • 03

    You Shouldn't Have to Deal With So Much Lack of Respect

    Most teachers have to deal throughout their professional life with disrespectful behaviour from different students in different classes. And most often all you can do is send a message home or report them to the principal and know they will show up in your class the next day, and you will have to put up with the same "attitude" up to the end of the school year.

  • 04

    Your Children Will Suffer

    After spending endless hours dealing with 30-student classes, many teachers find it difficult to behave as parents and tend to behave as teachers to their own children.

  • 05

    You Deserve to Have a Life, Damn!

    Don't let you be fooled: Just because they do not have a 9-5 job doesn't mean teachers have plenty of free time. Quite the contrary, most of their "free time" they are actually working. It's the "after-hours work" most people are unware of.




Final Thoughts

... and yet, if you do choose to become one, be proud for you have the chance to make a change. Not to all your students all the time, but certainly to some of them, some of the time.




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