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By T. McSweeney

What is teaching like today? Who should do it? And who shouldn't? This Education World series features essays on teaching by teachers as they answer the question, "If you had it to do all over again, would you still become a teacher?"

About the Author

T. McSweeney is a school administrator and a doctoral candidate pursuing an Ed.d. in school administration.

I do love teaching, I love that fact that everyday I help to touch the future. [I love knowing that] my life has made a difference for the students I am committed to challenging everyday.

More and more, however, I realize how little our society values educators. I have taken so much time from my own family -- working over the weekend & vacations. Every time someone says teachers are overpaid or incompetent, I regret that I stole time from my own children for a public that doesn't even recognize the value of the time I give.

Would I chose teaching again? Maybe. Would I advise my children to enter the profession of educators? NEVER! I am in the last years of my doctoral work. The years of education that were necessary for the position I hold would have gotten me three times the salary I'm making had I been in medical school or law school instead.

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