Why I’m Not a Teacher #humor #teaching #ThrowbackThursday

I’m dedicating this to my two kids, both of whom are teachers. And to all of those who support Betsy DeVos and the lack of funding and interest in the schools. Read and learn.

Barb Taub

NOTE: I’m visiting my sister the teacher, and remembered this post I wrote several years back.


“Good news. You get to teach my students about getting a job,” said my sister.

She had just picked me up at LAX after a flight from England on which I was trapped next to an extremely enthusiastic sleep-farter. As far as I could tell, the flight had entered another dimension where my perceived flight time expanded to about 3 ½ days of inhaling my seatmate’s contributions to global warming, giving me time to watch every movie including those involving animated rodents. The combination of jet lag, Disney show tunes, and oxygen deprivation (they wouldn’t let me use the oxygen mask, so I had to spend the flight with a TicTac up each nostril) is the only explanation for why I didn’t get back on that plane immediately. That, and I’m scared of my sister. I…

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6 Responses to Why I’m Not a Teacher #humor #teaching #ThrowbackThursday

  1. dawnkinster says:

    My sister is a teacher. She wanted to teach math and science to middle school, but when she was looking for work, being over 50 and out of the workforce for 20+ years, the only teaching job she could get was at an alternative school, where kids go who can’t behave in a regular classroom. Next step for them if they can’t get along in her school is juvie. She’s now been there for 5 years and calls her students ‘her kids.’ She gets paid peanuts. She’s had fingers on both hands broken, had her head slammed in a locker. She’s been threatened and receives zero support from her principal. But she’s there by choice now. She’s had opportunities to move into the regular school but she hasn’t moved from her kids. I couldn’t do it.

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    • Carol says:

      Nor could I. My daughter is in a happier school now that consistently rates very high academically – one of the top ten in Oregon. My son, however, is teaching at a low-income school in Oxnard, with most of the kids coming from homes where not only is income too low, but parents are often in jail. The first few weeks this year he said he spent so much time dealing with meltdowns and problems he had no time to teach. It’s getting better now, I think, and he’s very good with difficult children, but it’s a hard way to earn a not-very-high income.

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  2. Gobblefunkist says:

    I wrote this in Barb’s blog post as well.
    I am what I am today because of my teachers. In India, we have a saying that a teacher is God, which I agree with – you may or mayn’t believe in a God, but you can certainly believe in a teacher.

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  3. Lisa says:

    The daughter of a friend of mine is only a month into her new class and is ready to call it quits! Most of the class is good, but there are 3-4 that are sucking all her time and patience away dealing with discipline and behavior issues. The administration is doing nothing to help her. After finishing with my last college senior capstone group, I’m rethinking whether I’ll return based on what I experienced in the way of this generation not being able to handle conflict or stress of any kind. Yes, teachers are wonderful and deserve our respect and help. I believe every parent should volunteer in their kid’s classroom at least one day to understand what they deal with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, funding isn’t going to make up for lack of quality parenting. The schools simply can’t be expected to serve as a nanny to every kid 8+ hours a day. And, I agree….no one teaches because of the lucrative salary…unless you are a tenured professor at a major university who has TAs who teach all your classes!

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    • Carol says:

      Completely agree. Kids need to learn that not everything in life is going to be the way they want it, and it’s up to parents to teach them that. It’s also up to parents to teach them to take responsibility for their actions.

      Maybe the next generation?

      Sent from my iPad

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  4. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing this, I really enjoyed the post. Teacher voices are invaluable. I taught for a handful of years (with a hiatus in the middle) and can’t imagine going back now. Too much has changed.

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