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Is it safe to become a teacher?

Becoming a #teacher is an option for me and I would like to explore all aspects of the career that I can before heading off to #college

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Elaine’s Answer

I taught in at -risk school for my entire career and never felt unsafe. I was in an elementary school so some high schools might be different. However, there is no place safe anymore...and there isn't a more rewarding and wonderful profession to go into than teaching. Teachers help design the future...no one has achieved anything in the present time without an education...so I find it very exciting to know I'm helping to shape the future if teaching is your calling I'd say go for it. But safety should not come into your decision because wherever you go,even to the store, can be unsafe. But hard to live feeling that fear every day, and sold are not any worse and probably better than the world outside of the schools. Good luck to you
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Michelle’s Answer

Becoming a teacher is probably one of the most honorable and satisfying careers one may choose. Coming from a family of educators, not being a teacher myself, I would like to answer your question based on my observations.


In general, it is safe to be a teacher. On a daily basis, every day will be different and provide different trials and triumphs for you while on the job. Many careers entail daily diversity - every day is different - and one may never know what might happen from day to day. The good news is, you will be prepared for it.


Teachers receive training outside of college and the individual schools have protocol for mostly any situation that can happen. It's going to depend on if you want to teach at a college level, high school, or special education, etc. It will depend. The people I know that have worked in poverty stricken inner cities have never been harmed. The same with the teachers I have known in suburban, low risk areas.


I worked for twenty seven years in high risk areas as a case manager, working with some very high risk clients. In that field , you are at a high risk for what I would say is "unsafe" situations. The only time that I was physically harmed was when I worked in a nursing home with dementia patients. One punched me on the shoulder and one scratched me on the arm - nothing serious - comes with the job sometimes. It's forgotten in an instant.


What is important , however, is that your approach must be focused on the students as people you are helping and each student is individually different. A great understanding of human behavior is necessary as a teacher. If you will teach children, you must understand child development. Approaching each student as an individual is very important and the students will appreciate that.


Your safety will depend on your mindset and your wealth of knowledge and trainings that you attend at your place of employment. Safety measure trainings are given at a lot of jobs.


Best wishes to you in your academic endeavors !



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