Education: Why Teachers Teach

Considering a teacher's lot and a teacher's pay, why should anybody want to be a teacher? Well, there are reasons. In the National Education Association's monthly Journal, Wisconsin Teacher Dorothy McCuskey recalled a couple of her own: "The day you help Johnny discover that multiplication is really a short form of adding, the day a whole class cooperates to write a poem which expresses the fresh new beauty of a child's world, you know why teaching holds people. . . . All farmers and even tenders of city ivy pots know the fascination of watching things grow. But for the teacher...

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