Hello. I have a math degree and am planning on starting a program to become a high school mathematics teacher. This is because I like math and numbers, would like a job working with kids instead of sitting in front of a computer all day, would like to coach sports teams, and would love to have summers off. ...
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Hello. I have a math degree and am planning on starting a program to become a high school mathematics teacher. This is because I like math and numbers, would like a job working with kids instead of sitting in front of a computer all day, would like to coach sports teams, and would love to have summers off. However, I kind of believe that teaching math to high schoolers is pointless since they will likely never use the material being taught. I think teaching students how to think about the world in a mathematical way and the math of personal finance is important, but teaching algebra (ex. how to solve for x using the quadratic formula) and geometry (ex. how to use the pythagorean theorem) is completely pointless. And quite frankly I would feel guilty making them learn this stuff as I think it would be misleading to imply that they would ever need to know it. However, I would be required to teach this material as a math teacher.
So my question is, what do you think I should do? Should I not become a high school teacher even though I think I would enjoy my life much more as one? Or should I become one since if I don't do it somebody else would anyway? Or should I consider teaching middle or elementary school (where I believe that the math taught IS in fact important). Anyway, I would just like some feedback on this issue.
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3 days ago