As people may or may not be aware, upon concluding my ESL-teaching experience [specific date is still TBA(I know, so sad)] I had been planning to return to university and complete the required courses to become a high-school teacher. I enjoyed teaching Kindergarten, but quickly realized it would be unfulfilling and monotonous as a career choice. No worry, thought I. I shall teach high school in my home country, where the kids are better behaved and where I will have the last opportunity of their required-schooling lives to install in them excitement towards learning that I have. Unfortunately, it turns out that all students of all ages in every country are complete shit heads and I am seriously reconsidering this life path.
From the sounds of things, the way the education system is going in every part of the world seems to be tying the hands of the teachers and putting all the power in the classroom into the hands of the [shithead] students. Hearing the stories of recently graduated teachers and the little control they are given over not only what they teach and how they teach it, but even how they are allowed to deal with disruptive students has successfully detoured me from entering the education system. This all sounds far too frustrating and bureaucratic for someone with my personality.
can’t won’t have people telling me constantly ‘you can’t do that’ and yet offering no alternatives. Or worse yet, offering ineffective alternatives and further frustrating me.
can’t won’t spend my life filling out paperwork regarding problem children for parents (who don’t give a shit about their kids anyway) to sign and return to me so I can give them whatever state-approved “disciplinary” action is still allowed.
can’t won’t spend my life passing students who don’t deserve it and letting kids get away with doing nothing, never trying and not valuing the education that they are being GIVEN… FOR FREE.
can’t won’t spend my life frustrated and stressed out, taking my work home with me night after night and feeling as though I’ve accomplished nothing. Not even if it comes with 2 months of summer holidays.
It seems as though the idea of becoming a teacher is like a Kevin Smith movie or Communist government; it looks good on paper but seems to fall short in practice.
As you can imagine, this was startling at first, since I thought I had successfully planned a serious portion of what remains of my 20’s. But better I realize this now, before wasting thousands of more dollars on education I won’t use. So, staying true to myself, after taking my aggression out on some random individuals who [most likely] deserved it, I rolled with the punches and considered a new idea: a career in publishing, ie: book editor. This career path presents several pros and only one con. For Dwayne, I will get this con out of the way first:
A career in publishing will require me to change my major to (gasp) Linguistics and Languages. This major falls into the category of (gasp) Arts. :( I will have to pursue a Bachelor of (gasp) Arts, with a major in Linguistics and Communications. This will effectively place me into a group of individuals I have been making fun of for the last 4-6 years.
Karma? Probably. I like to think it’s not as bad as it sounds, being that Linguistics is essentially the science of language and I will be enforcing upon the world the rules of grammar, which I will soon know inside and out.
Karmic retribution and personal embarrassments aside, I will (ideally) get paid to do several things I love: Read books before anyone else even knows about them, be a grammar/spelling Nazi, and criticize others’ work. I can’t believe I never thought of this sooner, considering I used to be editor of the local newspaper, my high school yearbook, and I’m constantly finding errors in everything I read and have a seemingly uncontrollable urge to correct all peoples’ grammar every single day and takeover editorial positions of all publications I read. I’ve edited the schoolwork of countless friends and classmates and always demand perfection from myself on the proofreading front. I guess I never considered trying to get paid for something that brings me so much personal satisfaction, but correct me if I’m wrong in saying that might be the ideal outcome of a career you’re well-suited to.
These websites made me feel pretty confident that this would be a decent career choice for me, but the only concern of mine is now my employability…which I will worry about AFTER I finish my (do you want fries with that?) degree.