Has anyone else ever been sterotyped because you're a teacher?

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  1. 3Sons

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    Yes, though I admit I'm a bit curious now how mmswm's kid turned out! Was the budding ballet/ice skater/shoe lover gay, or did he end up with a harem of "super cute" girls following him around?

    I guess he'd be college-aged now.
     
  2. runsw/scissors

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    I don't know about stereotyped, but when people find out I teach ELL students their first question is always, "Really? So how many languages do you speak?" Um, one. I speak one language.
     
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    :p Me too!
     
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    Since everyone else is chiming in still, I get stereotyped by people during dinner outings or on vacation occasionally. They will ask what I do for a living and when I used to tell them that I am a high-school math teacher and private tutor, they would usually state something like, “Thank you for all you do. I couldn’t do it because I would make too little money.” Or, they say something like, “How do you survive on such a salary?”

    To which I smile widely and reply, “Well, I work at a well-to-do private school and so we have an overabundance of funding. I get a $7,000/year raise and get ~4 months off per year (federal holidays plus Easter Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Summer Break). Plus, I have three- and four-day weekends with how the school calendar works out and I make six figures. I also make sure to let them know I’m completely debt free and only have about $1,400 in bills each month. This immediately stops them in their tracks regarding the “meager” earnings comments and then I follow up with, “So how much vacation time, in weeks, do you get?” They respond with, “Two. Weeks.” or something like that. And I say, “ONLY two weeks?! I don’t know how you do it?!” :D
     
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    Yes, they say I must have a lot of patience and I must love kids. I love teaching kids but that doesn't mean I would love to have a dozen of them running around my house. I have patience to a degree but I don't think any more than a lot of regular people.
     
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    People always say that they don't know how I do what I do.
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    Right. Just like I would say that to a rocket scientist or a doctor or anything that seems difficult to me but they are doing just fine at.
     
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    A long time ago, my daughter was taking a state history class. I did not grow up in that state. I had no clue what the answer was to a question she asked me. She was shocked when I did not know the answer. She innocently looked at me and replied, "Wow! ….and they LET you be a teacher!" She looked bewildered. So, yeah! :) Even kids stereotype teachers.
    I was lucky though because the place we lived then had a very positive opinion of teachers. It helped me out a lot when I needed to cash 3rd party checks, buy property, or get a loan. They just assumed that since I was a teacher that I was responsible and honest.
    Time and place have changed for me now though. I am so different than a stereotypical teacher is here. It can be frustrating at times.
     
  10. TeacherNY

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    That's funny. A friend of mine on Facebook posted about a certain town in her state (about 5 states away from where I live). I asked her if that town was nearby where we vacationed. She said, "No! You should know that. YOu're a teacher"! How would I know that when I do not live there??? Teachers don't memorize maps of every state LOL
     
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    I always get the "you must be so patient!" Comment.

    I also had a 4th grade student last year ask me how old I was and she said, "wow, 30 seems young to be a teacher", and I was like, "... You do know there are teachers in this school younger than me" :toofunny:
     
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    I sometimes get the "how fun!" when I tell people I'm a teacher. I am HOPING that it will be fun soon but last year was mostly not fun for me haha.
     

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