Monday, November 21, 2011

Some People Dream Big

When I watched this video it made me think about how people make career choices. I mean does anybody actually grow thinking they want to be an accountant or do they fall into their career choice because they found something they want to do or because they happen to be good at it? When I think about my career choice, I know that I love my field and when I first heard about it, I knew thats what I wanted to do with my life. But would I have chosen it as a child and followed that dream of this job? Unlikely. As a child I thought I wanted to be a Rebbi. I adored my rebbeim and I had some really good ones as a child. Then I entered high-school and had such bad experiences that I never wanted to look at that profession. 

So my question is specifically in terms of dreams and modeling (not economic factors)
A) Do we have a shortage of good teachers because of the bad teacher experience, because of the shortage of good male role-models in education? 
B) Is there an interplay of having more women going into education because of the difference in quality of women educators? 
C) Any other comments?


  1. Traditionally women went into education because it was a profession that allowed them to mostly be on the same schedule as their children. Although many women now choose different professions, I think it's still the case that teaching is an easier profession to mix with motherhood than many other professions.

  2. Well, I did have some good teachers, and even a few great ones. But mainly I joined the field because I wanted to FIX it.

    (...still trying...)

    And I think the main reason for the teacher shortage is lack of appeal and little support. Some current teachers could be better teachers if they had the right administrative support and PD, and very many potentially good teachers are too practical to go into a job that's such hard work for so little reward.