<p>I completely agree with Norstarmom and Marite, as well. I think the most selective colleges would look favorably upon a student who expressed an interest in teaching. In no way do I believe that would be frowned upon. In fact, those coming from elite colleges do go into teaching among other professions. </p>
<p>Just myself alone (lol)...
I went to Tufts and eventually became a teacher. I went to graduate school at Harvard (as Marite says, some elite colleges have graduate schools of education so obviously value this profession) and focused on staff development and have since been a teacher of teachers on both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as consulting to schools. So, there is one person for ya. </p>
<p>Mattmom, I am taken by the impression you got in a previous thread where I shared about a situation my D had in school recently. It seems you inferred that I (and/or others) were bashing teachers in some fashion. I would like to clarify that I do NOT feel that way WHATSOEVER. I like the teachers involved in that situation, have supported them in the past and continue to do so. I do not like how that situation was handled and have concerns over it as well as feel I would have handled it differently as a teacher (having been a teacher for many years, as well as someone who trains teachers). To generalize about teachers in any negative fashion, I find offensive and am often the first to ask anyone who does so to please keep the negative feedback to the situation or person involved and not ALL teachers as a group. In fact, I feel that the majority of teachers both my kids have had in the past 15 years have been excellent or very good. I feel we have only run into about five out of countless ones over the years, where I have had some true concerns about their work as a teacher. I feel lucky that there have been so few where I can say that. Those few were quite troublesome and the situations disconcerting (and I am NOT counting the latest vignette I shared among these at all), and I never generalized it to include all teachers. As in any profession, there are some who do an excellent job with devotion and others who do not. Most do, fortunately. </p>
<p>In my many posts on that thread, I believe I even shared how recently, I ran into a history teacher that both my kids have had but particularly my oldest, a current freshman at Brown, had had for two years. I made it my business to go up to him in a store, with tears in my eyes as I shared with him how my D at college had been telling me how much everything she had learned with this teacher had helped her in current college courses and had recently requested me to bring her old HS notebooks from his class to her campus on our visit. I told him the affect he had on her life and the difference he had made and how well he prepared her for the challenges at her college, even coming from our rural public high school (he is a highly intelligent and challenging teacher, educated at Middlebury). I told him that I know, being a teacher as a profession myself, how teachers often hear when parents or others are dissatisfied and it is important for me to make sure when something is positive, that a teacher get that feedback as well, as they often do not. He told me how much it meant to him. Even in my recent meeting with the music staff (that they asked for as I would never have gone in to intervene or complain about the situation), I praised them with how good I thought last year's spring musical was and so forth. After every single concert (and I have been to tons of them over the years), I go up to them and praise them for how great it was.</p>
<p>Teachers work VERY hard. I know, as I was one. I am not now as I don't feel like I could do it all while raising my kids because when I taught school, I stayed every day until 6 PM and worked all day Sunday on my job. I know what it takes to be a dedicated teacher. I have seen my kids relish in such teachers now. I also think it is fair, as a parent or student, to express concern when we think actions by a teacher are not as appropriate or as we might hope them to be or have negatively affected our kids in some way. Example, last year, a teacher of my younger D told her that she does not care for her as a person and in fact, when I mentioned that to the teacher at a parent conference the school had with teachers at progress report time, the teacher validated, "that's right, I don't". I could go on but the point being that sometimes even those in this very noble dedicated profession, have done some not so noble things. That does not make it a blanket statement that we look down on teachers. I have to tell you that we feel just the opposite. My husband was on the school board at my kids' elem school for years, even after they graduated, and one of his missions was to support teachers and raise salaries and get the school anything they asked for. I am surprised that you came away from that story inferring a negative view toward teachers. I still think the actions in that situation concerned me as how they were handled and the affect they had on children but that does not mean that I frown upon teachers and in fact, continue to have a working relationship with these particular staff members. </p>