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EDUCATION: Teaching is an excellent occupation

Letter by C. E. Finneran, Gig Harbor on Nov. 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm with 9 Comments »
November 23, 2010 3:58 pm

Women college students should consider how they will support their children, should they come to be single mothers. Fortunately I had a professor who said to me when I graduated from college, “Someday you may have to work.” He suggested I take a master’s degree in education as well as history so I could be a teacher in any state.

I followed his advice, and after 20 years of marriage found myself with six children to provide for. I was able to teach in both Florida and California, always having the same schedule as my children in regards to hours and vacations, etc. So I was always available to them and was successful in getting all through college. Now I’m retired, and they are enjoying their lives as I did mine.

So young ladies, be mindful that you may someday be a single working mother. Be prepared for this circumstance the best possible way.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. lgcnelson84 says:

    Are you saying that single mothers should not consider other professions that would better support their children financially, though they may have to work longer hours to do so?

    Ms. Finneran never found herself in the situation of being a single mother, she took the opportunity to be a teacher because she wanted to be able to spend time with her family, not because she needed to work in order to provide for her family.

  2. Education has more than enough teachers who trained in the field because “Someday you may have to work.”

    If teaching is your fall-back, do your future students a favor and do something else.

  3. When you consider the costs a single parent incurs, female or male, teaching is a viable alternative to the nine to five corporate rat race. Having the ability to avoid significant costs of child care makes teaching a reasonable field. If you factor in the cost of child care dollars less the child care tax credit, the amount of money needed to pay that cost in taxable wages is significant. Of course, working from 8 AM to 3:30 PM does not mean the teacher is not grading papers, preparing lesson plans, conversing with parents, etc after school from home. And, actually there are an insufficient number of teachers in the math and sciences because teaching does not pay as well as private business. I fear that imbalance will become worse if those corporate math and science majors have to work longer and not have the opportunity to draw a corporate pension and teach those disciplines.

  4. spotted1 says:

    A321196…Do you really believe that teaching is an 8 – 330 job? Most teachers I know are their before 800 and after 330. They pay childcare just like everyone else. They have the same issues that those in other “professions” have. Childcare only becomes moot when the child is old enough to stay home and until they have to go to school. Young children still need childcare.

    And, sometimes, they have to stay late. Sometimes they have classes in the evenings of weekends that they are required to attend.

    Early in our history, perhaps this was true. However, their was a time that unwed mothers or widowers were not allowed to teach the young and impressionable children…

  5. Interesting, comments, more so then the letter. Today is the third snow-day for some schools. Think about that!

    The role of babysitter, homework checker, and back stop for granddaughter while daughter works three jobs lends a different perspective to Finneran’s letter than you would expect.

    I say Finneran is spot-on and is dispensing sound advice. Some may want to reflect on that . . .

  6. frankiethomas says:

    Ugh this letter bothers me. If you are going to be a planner, plan/choose wisely enough not to wind up a single mom in the first place. Don’t be a teacher just to have good time off. Students deserve better than that. I feel like I am insulting both single moms (there are great ones out there) and teachers (of which I am one) but this letter is off-putting in so many ways. I agree with beerboy, if teaching is your fall back you won’t be successful.

  7. spotted1, I think you did not read my words correctly. I said:

    “Of course, working from 8 AM to 3:30 PM does not mean the teacher is not grading papers, preparing lessons plans, conversing with parents, etc after school and from home”

    Reading your post I think you have me confused with another person’s entry.

    PS: My spouse is a certified teacher!

  8. I am a teacher and know this is a great profession to raise a family- I get to take professional development classes in the evening or weekend, but the previous comment neglects to say that I am also paid to take these classes. I look at my friends who have equal or better educations and work many more hours per day, work year round and don’t get paid for professional development. This is one of the few professions that no matter how bad you are- you will never be fired- you will move up the seniority ladder.

  9. bobcat1a says:

    You can be fired…if an administrator is willing to do his/her job. Lazy or gutless administrators create bad teachers. In the last ten years I have seen three incompetent first year probationary teachers put on continuing contracts and one student teacher get hired even though the supervising teacher told the principal she was hopeless. All four are still incompetent years later.

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