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Have you ever wanted to be a teacher or own a school but were told you shouldn’t because it’s low wage job?

Ever since 6th grade, I’ve wanted to own my own school and be a teacher or principal of a beautiful school but I’ve always been told that I shouldn’t because teaching is a low-wage job

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Melody’s Answer

Honestly, pay compensation is a tough discussion to approach in the Educational sector. True, educators do not make as much as top-level executives; however, the amount paid and how you can live on it depends on you. Financial needs and WANTS on a teacher or educator's salary means you have to be true to what your life expectations hold. As an educator who had to weigh all my concerns and needs during COVID, I made a choice at this time to remain in education, but I took what is a considered in this area as a side teaching job. I had to handle a considerable reduction in pay without benefits normally included for teachers. Therefore, it was necessary to consider what expenses and obligations I have to handle. I equally considered additional income sources.

Do not let pay compensation alone decide your future choice. Your joy of working in an area you feel benefits you emotionally, spiritually, and socially could outweigh $XXX, XXX, XXX desires. I am hopeful and excited to see younger people take on the education of our nation. Your views and approach could be very necessary as our world reaches for new skills and abilities. You may have a key to opening education to those who feel shut out by the current education environment. Research and talk to a number of different people in education to get a full view of what it could offer you.
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T.J.’s Answer

Hello Anon!

Yes! Growing up, I wasn't recommended to enter teaching until high school. When my favorite teacher suggested I become a teacher, that became the first time I considered education as a career possibility.

However, I also noticed first-hand that my teachers were struggling. Besides the unfair compensation, they experienced a lot of stress from admins, parents, and others in the public/community.

Regardless, there are many teachers who are still teachers... because they feel a strong passion to help kids.
Some friends I know are high school seniors or freshman in college. They're excited, because they really want to enter teaching!

If you want to become a teacher, I recommend being aware of both the pros and cons. Weigh them heavily, and give them a lot of consideration.
Also, know that education has many roles besides being a teacher; that are fulfilling, involve helping kids, and have a higher than average salary.

Check out this article to learn more!
15 Rewarding Jobs in Education | https://truthforteachers.com/alternatives-classroom-teaching-15-rewarding-jobs-education/

Sending you support as you explore future careers :)
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Ryan’s Answer

There's always going to be people who tell you that you shouldn't do something for one reason or another. That's all noise that needs to be tuned out. It's true, nobody becomes a classroom teacher to get rich, you do that job because you love it and are passionate about it. However you mentioned wanting to be a principal, and realistically higher up administrators do make a good living. There are also other educational options beyond traditional classroom teaching, corporate training for example.
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