Another post got me thinking. I was having a hard time coming up with a title, so I'll try to expain what I'm thinking about: We often hear (around the boards as well as irl) that teachers aren't respected, aren't paid well enough, work too many unpaid hours, have unrealistic expectations placed on them, are evaluated unfairly (based on standardized test scores and things like that) and are unsupported. Although not all of those things apply to every school, I'd say in general those are true. Many even say that teacher-bashers don't really understand what the job is like, and I've heard the "if it's so easy and the pay is so great, why didn't you become a teacher" comment frequently. I would say that the general public doesn't understand everything that a teacher does. However, the other part of that is that even with high burnout and all of these problems there ARE thousands of unemployed teachers and new graduates trying desperately to break into the field each year, many trying for years to get that first job and many going into something else because they could never find work as a teacher. So how do we explain that? Do you think people major in education not really understanding what their "real job" will be like? Or maybe they do by the end, but don't want all that time/money getting their degree to be wasted? I was one of the lucky ones who got a FT job right after graduation. Most of my friends were not so lucky- in fact the great majority of my graduating class is still looking for a teaching position (2 years later). Those of us that found jobs either relocated or went way outside of our certication (the one candidate that got a job in our home state works with high school students with severe/profound special education needs, which is way outside what our program focused on). I can see how from their perspective, it can be upsetting to hear so many teachers "complaining" about the field with so many people that would give anything to just get a teaching job. One of the people on my grade level team in student teaching was constantly complaining about her job. I admit to thinking, "if you don't want it, I'd love to have it!" So, what do you think? Given the difficulties of the job and the high burnout/turnover rate, why are there still so many candidates entering the field?