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Viewing thread OMG Politics, I'm over it already Mk II, Electric Boogaloo, Feb 19, 2018 at 12:49 PM
    1. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      We're strangers and I hope I don't offend (at all), but you seem to think you can just "go get" a college teaching job. I know a whole bunch of college instructors - the only one who has a 'nice gig' is an endowed chair at a Pac10 University.

      The others are all Ph.D.'s, and make less than me, and battle for their positions.
    2. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      (end)

      I can't wait to retire, but I also love my job. I wish I'd done it a lot sooner.
      Let me know if you have questions.
    3. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      4. Summers. This cannot be overstated. You're paid. You (should) have already signed your contract for next year. It's a real vacation, something that hardly exists in America.

      It's not for everyone. But I'll quote my mentor "the thing about teaching here is, if you like people, you're gonna see 150 of them every day. And if you don't like people, you're going to see 150 of them every day."
    4. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      3b. You'll always have a job. Seriously. College teaching gigs are fewer and unusually distributed. We've had teachers leave and come back, no problem.
    5. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      (cont)
      3a. From a much more practical vantage point, you will find better pay and more job stability as a HS teacher. Teaching college is worse pay (and I am a HS teacher) and just ridiculous instability. If your drinking buddy is the department chair, this cancels out.
      1. rickenvox
        rickenvox
        Interesting. Well I'm in my grad program for linguistics (and not ESL) so what I end up with is a little more specialized than most high school classes. But I did notice that you can teach English in community colleges with an undergrad in English and masters in Linguistics. It also depends on whether I do my entire program and get a pHD.
        Aug 19, 2017
      2. rickenvox
        rickenvox
        #2 -And I could end up going into something more research oriented. Who knows!? Just want to get out of the tech industry which never interested me that much, I'm just good at it. Thanks for the advice! High school does sound interesting.
        Aug 19, 2017
    6. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      (cont)

      I am the same old grumpy asshole as always, but every now and then I manage to do something right and convince a kid that they are a valuable person, and it is a privilege. Or, I can see them become great people despite me and my personality flaws.

      2. You're needed. You just are. Yeah, you, specifically you.
    7. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      (cont)

      1. The kids are incredible. I can see two reasons to teach: you LOVE the subject, or you really like people. The HS kids are amazing people, and your days are filled with incredible interpersonal interactions. This part of teaching vastly exceeded my expectations, and is the most significant thing I do these days.
    8. Danhedonia
      Danhedonia
      Realized I should've PM'd you.

      y-o-u-r-'-e. (hahahhahhahahahhahaha ..... teasing)

      Let me encourage you to consider high school teaching, even though it's incredibly hard.
      ecome great people despite me and my personality flaws.
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