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School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

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School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

Postby pascal » Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:40 pm

Hi,

do you think becoming a school teacher would be a good career choice for a lay Buddhist practitioner? I'm currently considering this (even though the option to ordain as a monk is also on my table), and I'd like to know if there are any serious downsides to it, from your perspective.

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Re: School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:06 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

Postby James the Giant » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:42 pm

Teaching elementary school children for a year cured me both of my desire to be a teacher, and also of my desire to have children of my own.
But it's pretty wholesome as careers go, just about as maximally wholesome as can be, if you are a good person.
I can't think of any downsides. Apart from having to be around children all the time.
The pay for the first few years is pretty small, but sufficient if you are frugal. Lots of holidays.
But you do more work than you are actually paid for during term time.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:28 pm

And you have to accept that there is a lot about "teaching" that is beyond your control, decisions made by school administrators or state or national legislation that seems harmful to students. You, as a representative of the school system, have to accept these policies even if you believe them to be harmful.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

Postby David2 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:31 pm

I think there are two kinds of people:

One kind of people prefer to work with children, the other kind of people prefer to work with adults.

If you think that you are one of the first kind of people, then working as a school teacher is probably a good choice. :smile:

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Postby Mawkish1983 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:38 pm

I'm a teacher. There are no downsides.

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Re: School teacher -- a good career choice for a layperson?

Postby badscooter » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:50 pm

Im a teacher... There are downsides.. teaching can come with a lot of stress... Both from the students and administration. The subject your teaching and grade have a lot to do with how many downsides there are.... Teachers in New Jersey are slowly being forced to teach a certain kind of way only... No more creativity or subjectivity will be aloud... And you have to discipline!!! So if you dont want to get upset and deal with disciplinary issues at least once a day, then I would stay away from teaching.... Its definitely a challenge to you practice.

may all be well
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Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:11 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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Postby badscooter » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:42 pm

"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"


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