What percentage of educators, would you say, are in the wrong profession?

@miamilady (4923)
United States
October 31, 2008 8:38pm CST
I just saw a discussion about "mean teachers". I know my children have encountered more than their share of teachers who have done more harm than good. I would say 30-40 % of teachers (at least) are in the wrong profession. Unfortunately, I believe there is a shortage of teachers, so this is one of those problems where there is probably no solution.
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• United States
27 Dec 08
I sure encountered many mean teachers while I was in school. I'm not sure how many of them shouldn't be teaching because they did know what they were doing and they did know how to teach, they just had a lot of anger management issues that they need to work on. That is really the biggest issue I've seen with them. They have no patience with children and seem to me would be better suited to teach adults in adult education classes or in college or something.
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• Philippines
27 Dec 08
oh my, those kind of teachers are really there, too. i used to have them while i was at the grade level. and it would be sadder still if, they cannot teach properly either. it is good that now, the parents are well aware of the existence of these kind of teachers and so, they fight back for the sake of their children. in our country, lots of teachers have lost their jobs because parents will file complaints with the courts once teachers hurt their children when teachers should not.
@adoremay (2065)
• Philippines
1 Nov 08
I have always wanted to teach, but I did not took up education. I have always believe that teaching is not a profession, it's passion. What drives a good teacher to be a good one is her/his pure desire to teach/impart something to someone(student). For me also, being an educator is a fulfilling job. Here in my country aside from nursing, education is also a sought after course, and for the reason that the course is a ticket to work abroad. A very sad reality.
@miamilady (4923)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I've always thought of teaching as sort of "a calling". But not everyone feels that way.
@adoremay (2065)
• Philippines
5 Nov 08
We are called in differently, but somehow we hear others call instead of ours.
@Flight84 (3049)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Teaching is a very difficult and demanding job. I'm a preschool teacher myself, so I know firsthand that many people just aren't cut out for teaching. Teaching has an extremely high turn over rate. The hours can be long and the pay isn't all that great for what you have to do. Many nights require your time outside of your normal hours and yes, you can get awful kids that make the job very aggravating. I am a teacher, by myself, of 25 four and five year old kids. Some days I love it and some days I hate it. I admit that freely. I don't let that affect how I treat my kids though. People want to think that all kids are angels and that it must be wonderful to be a teacher. It is and it isn't. I love my job, but it is difficult. Most of my kids are pretty great kids, but you can have one or two that can mess up your whole day just by being snots. I know I made the right career choice, but I know it's not for everyone. And you are right in saying there is a shortage of teachers. The only solution that could really help the stress of the job is smaller classes, better people to work for that aren't money-hungry if you're in the preschool profession, and better pay would be wonderful. I end up putting a lot of my check into buying supplies for my class. I don't get reimbursed, but I do for my kids what I have to do, you know? Every daycare that I have worked for has had terrible owners. They are money hungry and treat the employees like crap. That is a huge reason for turn overs.
@miamilady (4923)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I'm so glad to hear back from a teacher. I know that it is not an easy job. I know that there are no simple solutions to fixing the education system. There are GREAT teachers out there! There are also some not so great teachers out there. For some of the reasons that you mentioned. I have so much more respect for teachers that admit to the challenges of their jobs, and admit that they can have days that are not so great. It's the people in the education system that can't admit that they, like every human, can make mistakes. Thanks for your reply.
@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Oh yeah, I remember some teachers that didn't need to be teaching and one in particular there was nothing that could have been said about her, because her husband was the principal..
• United States
1 Nov 08
Oh and what percentage don't belong? Well, so far from all my kids, I would say about 5-6, not percent, but how many out of three kids going through school and one in first grade..So, I guess that is a low number..
@sidyboy (284)
• United States
1 Nov 08
When I was in school, I was never the type of person to challenge authority- I didn't talk back to a teacher, I didn't get in throuble- did my best to get all my homework done in time and got decent grades. I'm not saying I didn't have the occasional goof, but overall I know that I was not a bad student. Each teacher had a different approach to how they taught us. My phychology teacher in high school was a very large man (tall and muscular) and appeared very intimidating- when he really wanted to get a point across to us, he'd stand on his desk and yell... he pretty much shocked the information into our heads. When I think back about him now- I think he was a wonderful teacher, just using his own method. Other teachers I had- it seemed as if they were there more for a social time- one would "buddy up" with a group of students and talk about personal things while the rest of the class (including me) would have to just sit there and wait. Not much learning there. My government teacher mainly showed movies- navy seals, caddyshack... not much learning there either. Then there are those that are so vicious they shouldn't be allowed around people at all, let alone kids. My sophomore english teacher literally kicked me out of her class because I was the only student passing... she said I didn't belong. Thankfully I was moved to a better class, with a wonderful teacher. I took Journalism when I was a senior, and it was a freshman class- I'd run out of business/computer classes (had taken them all) so that was the next best thing. For every assignment we had to do a rough draft, and then a final draft, and turn both in. In my opinion, a rough draft isn't meant to be perfect- it's what you use to make the final copy- and who cares what it looks like. She screamed at me in front of the entire class because my handwriting was sloppy on my rough draft (final copy was neatly typed)- she said that I needed to be an example for the younger students. So, I listened to her and became an example. I went to my guidence conselor and got a form to drop that class. When I took it to her the following day, the other students saw it and were asking how they could get one for themselves :)
@miamilady (4923)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Thanks for you're reply. Yep "rough drafts" are called that for a reason. The teacher was a jerk. Unfortunately there some rotten teachers out there. I guess we have to be thankful for the good ones.
@Antman18 (78)
13 Mar 18
It is shock to accept but fact is true that many teachers are not fit for their job
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
it is so difficult to understand how come those who are intelligent enough who would opt to pursue a teaching profession could not comfortably land a job in a public school. thus, they always end up working for a private school. in the process of my curiosity, i have learned that this is due to some corrupt practices of the people who are occupying the seats of those which government had given authority to do the hiring of new teachers. most of them ask a certain amount of money so a slot can be allotted to the applicant. all applicants by the way, will have passed the government's requirement so as to be considered for a post. so there's the answer, folks. maybe this is the reason why we could hardly find 25 percent of them worthy of the profession that they are holding. it is good though that this bad mark is corrected at the college level. most of the teachers there know what is it that they are doing. it is too bad in fact if 5 percent of them are not fit to teach their subjects at hand.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
27 Dec 08
I would say many.Being a teacher one has to have a lot of patience.One should not be partial.I have seen many teachers doing things they should not be doing. They actually do more harm than good to the children.These young minds get very badly affected.Today teachers are paid quite well and they have the luxury of having good holidays too.So many are opting for this profession rather than an office going one.Many do not come into this profession due to their interest in it.I think they should never do it.They are spoiling the future of the young generation.I have many bad experiences with my son's teachers.They have ruined the poor child no fault of his.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
5 Nov 08
When I was in public school a long time ago, I would say that about 90% of the teachers I had were very good and in the right profession. But based on the young people I have encountered coming out of todays schools, I would say that 50% or more of the teachers are in the wrong profession and are not teaching kids much of anything. Part of the problem can also be attributed to parents who expect schools to raise their children for them.
@deserve40 (1656)
• India
1 Nov 08
I think that it is difficult to say exactly howmany percentage of teachers are in wrong profession. I agree with you that there are many teachers who are not in their right place. I feel that they do not understand the meaning of education well and they just try to implant the knowledge in the minds of the students but most of the times the students do not like that thing of the teacher. It is the first job of the teacher to make the subject more interesting so that the students take interest in the subject and they enjoy learning that subject. Whereas now a days the students are learning subjects because they have to do so.
• India
1 Nov 08
The problem withteh teaching profession is that it is not a very highly paid job and hence very few take it as their first profession of choice. It is mostly inhabited byladies who try to suplement the income of the family. No family can live comfortably on a teacher's salary. The result is that only those who do not get a good lucrative job go in for teaching as a last resort quite often. The percentage of dedicated teachers is limited. Can we have a good teaching atmosphere in these circumstances?