Why are students who are studying education always told to change majors? They say it is not worth your time. They say you do not earn enough money. They say you do not want to be a part of the American education system. They say, maybe you like kids, but you do not want to deal with those parents. These persuasions may be tempting for some who is not as passionate about education as I am. It is first key to define who "they" are. The persuaders are those who have know idea what truly goes on in the American classroom; they are money seeking individuals; they are teachers whose hearts are not fully with their job. They do not matter.
I am aware that being a public school teacher will come with difficulties. I understand that some days I will come home questioning my career choice because of some of the decisions my students made that day. But, I also know my doubts will subside the moment I walk through the doors of the school building the next day.
I want to be a public school teacher because I want to make a difference. I understand that I will not change the world myself, but I can make a difference in my students’ lives. I will encourage them to continue their education in order to become successful individuals and contributing citizens. I know I still remember specific teachers who pushed me beyond my academic boundaries and developed me into the student I am today. That is the type of teacher I hope to be.
It insults me when I tell someone my major and his or her first instinct is to deter me from the occupation. The most laughable comment to me is, “You will not make anything.” Monetarily, no, maybe I will not acquire as much money as the lawyer, doctor, or even the nurse. But I will make something. I will create students who enjoy learning. I will build students who strive to be a part of their communities. I will generate students who come back in 20 years to show me their acceptance letters to law school, medical school, or the graduate school of education. I will make millions.
This article is not meant to be insulting. It is intended to be inspiring. I hope to inspire future teachers to trust in their decision, inspire discouragers to think twice before criticizing this career choice, and to inspire all students to think about and thank their high school teachers. I understand my choice of career is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me.