Recession proof as teaching is it’s NOT the easy option

Happy New Year to you!

I wonder how many of you started 2009 knowing that in the current economic climate, you are regarded with envy as having one of the few ‘recession proof’ jobs ?

It seems that professionals in many areas of the job market are now considering teaching as a possible career option, especially those in finance, banking and economics. The TDA are visiting Canary Wharf and targeting these professionals to lure them into teaching.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7624953.stm

The public are lead to believe these are the people who will save the day and fill those hard to fill vacancies, in typically difficult subject areas such as Mathematics and Economics. As marvellous as it sounds, I was wondering how these people would fair in the world of education after years in banking. Why is it assumed that just because you have a degree and a professional career it automatically makes you the right person to be a teacher?

I believe a good teacher has a sense of vocation as well as the right skills, and knowledge. Teaching is not just a job it should be in your blood. It’s a career that your eat, sleep and breathe! It’s about children and their individual needs. People argue about short days and long holidays but those of us who have been there know that most teachers work long days and use holidays to catch up on the never ending paperwork. They run after school clubs, go to governors meetings until 10pm, give weekends up for fund raising events and take groups of students away for weeks at a time on residential trips. And that’s on top of the never ending planning preparation, marking, assessment, curriculum area co-ordination and classroom/wallboard displays of children’s work. Are they told about this? Recession proof as teaching is it’s NOT the easy option.

What are your thoughts and views on the matter?

One thought on “Recession proof as teaching is it’s NOT the easy option

  1. I thoroughly agree, having moved into teaching from Heavy Industry in many parts of the world. All classroom teachers I know are working a 50 – 60 hour week or more, and indeed the scheduled holidays give bare respite from the energy sapping days. The only difference I see is that I no longer get phone calls at 3am to tell me there’s been an accident or a fire somewhere – oh, and my salary has been divided by 8. And yes, why on earth would you want to recruit failed accountants to teach Maths or economics?

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