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Pro's and Con's Why I Wasn't a Teacher

Updated on April 10, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Teaching, whether it is in the area of auto mechanics or high school level of Algebra, there is one uncommon thread that binds teachers: This is the physical motivation, drive, and burning desire to give someone the needed wisdom in order to achieve a higher level of education. That's teaching in a nutshell.

A teacher talks to students in a classroom at Cathedral High School in New Ulm, Minnesota.
A teacher talks to students in a classroom at Cathedral High School in New Ulm, Minnesota. | Source

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a bit nuts to me, but I have never ignited any desire to be a high school teacher. Hey, I was not even interested in being a high school janitor. Although janitors today pull down some kind of cabbage, I still cannot make myself get up every day from 8 a.m. until 2:55 p.m., Monday through Friday to teach classes on various subjects.

I happen to know a few teachers. Both female. One retired whom I graduated high school with in 1972 and one still teaching in our hometown high school and is she talented. I wish that "wow" were an accepted exclamation, but sadly, it's not. This young woman just happens to be an Algebra teacher plus teaching Calculus both in a high school level. Rats! No fitting adjective can ever fit to describe this talented girl.

You notice that I did not use real names of the female teachers. This is because I do not want either female teacher to be stalked. Both are hot as firecrackers. Rats! Still no challenging adjective. But are they both fine. That will have to do.

Teacher talks to His students in a classroom at Cathedral High School in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Teacher talks to His students in a classroom at Cathedral High School in New Ulm, Minnesota. | Source
James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen in Shawshank Redemption.
James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen in Shawshank Redemption. | Source
Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne  in Shawshank Redemption.
Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption. | Source
Morgan Freeman as Red in Shawshank Redemption.
Morgan Freeman as Red in Shawshank Redemption. | Source
Morgan Freeman also stars in The Worm Hole on Science Channel.
Morgan Freeman also stars in The Worm Hole on Science Channel. | Source
Freeman, left, as Red, and Robbins as Andy act in an intense scene in Shawshank Redemption.
Freeman, left, as Red, and Robbins as Andy act in an intense scene in Shawshank Redemption. | Source
Clancy Brown starred as Hatley, the brutal sargent of the guards.
Clancy Brown starred as Hatley, the brutal sargent of the guards. | Source
Bob Gunton did an excellent job of portraying the shrewd warden in Shawshank Redemption.
Bob Gunton did an excellent job of portraying the shrewd warden in Shawshank Redemption. | Source

I Suppose That

you might be wondering why I was never interested in high school teaching. Okay, a little? I can though tell you that my real area of learning is desiring to teach in our church in any class available. Simply put. I love teaching and learning The Bible. Nothing fancy there. I just love the people and texts which are the truth on every page. I am not going to argue the point, so don't. Thanks.

My hub is very simple. I will present a series of teaching pro's and con's and let that be that. Deal? Great. Chew on a few corn chips and sip a little Coca Cola and enjoy this piece.

Why I was Never Interested in Teaching -- The Pros:

  • If I had went to a good college and earned my Master's Degree in Education, I would have gotten three full months of easy living vacation--from May to August. And if I had been tenured, well the sky would have been the limit for yours truly.
  • I was not really a Greek god in body or mind, but I did okay. A few of the senior girls liked me. That would have counted in a pro in this list--winking at the hot girls in my senior classes didn't hurt any I might add.
  • The pretty senior girls were really hot (from 1970 until 1972) and this was in the time of the daring mini-skirt and these gals knew "how to work the equipment," if you know what I mean. Of course, the male teachers all gave passing grades for admiring these hot girls in their shiny blond hair, blue eyes, and that mini-skirt. Nuff said. (reference of Marvel Comics publisher emeritus, Stan Lee).
  • If I had been a teacher, I would have been cool, laid back, and very relaxed and not due to booze or narcotics. I just think that I could have had a great teaching gig who all of the classes that I taught would have gotten along great.
  • So what if one of my pretty cheerleader or majorette . . .wait a minute. Enough of this genuflecting. I will start over. So what if one of my female students did not pass and not by a large percentage, so what? Now get this: a passing grade does not mean that the student is a failure. Not by a long shot. I would have given the female student the needed points to pass just so that she could have graduated and only God knows how far that she would have come. See? I did have some knowledge.

Why I was Never Interested in Teaching -- The Cons:

  • If I had been a teacher in my high school classes, I can tell you that most of the teacher's rooms did not have (State of Alabama Dept. of Education) funds to purchase air conditioners. No joke. But in the summer, we had plenty of rooms to open in hopes that God would send us a cool breeze.
  • When it came to having a ritualistic lunch each day, that would have been a definite deal breaker for the food was lousy. It was comparable to the cafeteria scenes in Shawshank Redemption. Wy' some of the food was so bad that "Brooks Hatlen," who was the librarian who portrayed James Whitmore, noticed a few worms in "Andy Dufresne's" oatmeal. Need I say more? An interesting sidenote: probably the best line from that film was when "Brooks" viewed the worms in "Andy's" oatmeal and saw that "Brooks" had a baby raven, "Jake," in his shirt pocket and he said, "are you going to eat that?"
  • In the years of 1970 through 1972 and I had been a teacher, I smoked cigarettes. That was it. No left handed cigarettes. But still, the 1970s were waning fast to be non-smoking buildings and smokers, so this would have been a definite con in my list of con's of why I wasn't interested in teaching.
  • The older veteran teachers always had to be a smart alec. It never failed. Hardly any of the new teachers got along with the older teachers. Why? I don't know. I mean the older teachers had nothing to fear for they were tenured and well past retirement, so what was the problem? This point, and being honest, has never been solved and why I was never a teacher.
  • The other item about me being a non-teacher was me having to take additional studies at some accredited university for me to keep myself abreast of what new math or science subjects was being taught and other boring items. The only gripe that I can ask is "why?" I mean I have my Master's Degree in Education, so why cram more education in my head? Enough was enough.

The pros and cons are both equal. A dead heat.

Instead I went to work for a mobile manufacturing industry. I made $2.35 an hour. Now do you see why I never went to college or became a high school teacher?

Good night, Juneau, Alaska.

Teacher and pupil learning about male anatomy and hygiene.
Teacher and pupil learning about male anatomy and hygiene. | Source

© 2017 Kenneth Avery

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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 12 days ago from United States

      My opinion, and from a former teacher's standpoint, I chose one of the most challenging professions out there.Having lived the experience, I have to admit, it often left me traumatized. Twenty-five years down the road, I realized it was time to erase the board one last time. It made me stronger and a better human being. Blessings my friend and maybe you were better in being what you were, and still are, a good guy and one who likes to write worthy messages of hope on these pages. whonu

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      John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

      I once considered the same career, Kenneth, but became a clerk in the Railways instead. I really don't think I would have been a great teacher though. You, I am sure, would have.

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      RoadMonkey 12 days ago

      I NEVER wanted to be a teacher, even though many of my relatives and friends all spent a lifetime in teaching, because I hated being taught. Funnily enough, though, I later became a management trainer and did a higher degree in open learn ing! Life is odd. Funny hub.

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      Kenneth Avery 11 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, whonunuwho,

      Such a warm comment. So warm in fact that I got choked up and actually got a bit torn up by you, Jodah, and Road Monkey.

      This is not what I expected by way of results of a truthful hub about a truthful area of my teen life.

      Did I bother to elaborate on those pretty cheerleaders with short skirts?

      I guess it's best that I don't.

      Thank you, good friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 11 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      John,

      . . ."Thank you, good friend. I reinforce your warm comment that went with whonunuwho and Road Monkey. Friends like YOU all are very rare in this world that we live, but believe you me, I will do whatever that I can to help build you all up and support you all as much as possible."

      Write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 11 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Road Monkey,

      I was very touched by your comment in not wanting you to be a teacher, but ended up as a trainer in management. You are right. Life is funny sometimes.

      I am Proud of you, John, whonunuwho, and everyone on my Followers List.

      I cannot say this enough.

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      RoadMonkey 11 days ago

      I have only just noticed that the "teacher" photo appears to show a man wearing a Scottish kilt. That was very apt as I had just read your comment about the short skirts! LOL

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      Kenneth Avery 10 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Road Monkey,

      LOL! You are so right. I had to look twice when I was perusing the photos. Plus the comment about pretty girls in "short skirts," to be honest, was an "accidental" slice of humor.

      Oh, how life does present itself to be so unpredictable.

      But a Sincere Thanks to you RM for the lovable comment.

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