As a Senior in high school, I receive one of three replies when I tell people that's I'll be applying for a major in Middle School Education this fall: 1.) Are you crazy? With this new legislation? With this job market? With that salary? With your high GPA? Why would you become a teacher? (Mostly said by my own teachers.) 2.) Oh my goodness! People like you are so amazing! Teachers aren't paid near enough for what they do, and I can't imagine making such a sacrifice! (Usually said by other students.) 3.) Good career choice. Teachers are overpaid for the job they do- short days and summers off. Plus, they get great benefits. (A common statement from quite a few family members. Want to make a family Birthday party awkward? Ask your teacher-cousin about upcoming union-restricting legislation while opening gifts.) I can't say that I agree with any of these statements... 1.) Why would a teacher tell a high-achieving student not to become a teacher? That's like silently agreeing to the statement that "Those who can't do, teach." 2.) I don't want to become a teacher so I can be some sort of superhero. Sure, I want to help children, and am taking a rather low-paying job to do so. But there are other reasons that I want to pursue education. I'm creative, and I can't stand the thought of being trapped in a cubicle every day. I enjoy being around children, and actually find them amusing, not annoying. Teaching lets me follow a similar schedule to the son/daughter in my future. Teaching provides a steady (not large, but steady) paycheck. 3.) It hurts to hear my family say that. Some teachers have stable salaries and nice benefits; others struggle. They are not evil monsters, bent on draining taxpayer money. ~ I'm just a person. Just a person who wants a job they do not detest.