Most Parents Want Their Child To Be a Teacher

most parents want their kids to be a teacher

I'm fascinated by the results of a new poll from The Christian Science Monitor:

Seven out of 10 parents want their child to be a public-school teacher when they grow up.

Are you part of this majority?


In my opinion (and this is based on the fact that I come from a family of teachers), teaching is one of the most admirable professions—and one of the hardest. That's why I was initially surprised that so many parents wanted their children to enter such a difficult profession. Perhaps, these parents are thinking that the rewards of teaching (of which there are many) outweigh the demands?

But more than that, I was shocked that so many parents had such a precise career in mind for their children. It's one thing to hope that your kids will go into the sciences or the arts; but as far as wanting them to be public school teachers? Wow, that's specific!

Many of the parents I talk to simply want their children to be happy and safe. They just want what's best for their children; and, if that means that their children will be a doctor, lawyer, stay-at-home-parent, teacher, etc., then so be it. Sure, profession plays a part in one's happiness and security—but it's just one part. Do you agree or disagree with this? Is choice of career something you discuss a lot with you big kids?

What do you want your child to be when she/he grows up? Does this match what your child want to be when she/he grows up?

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