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high school teachers

Rachelle J. Bienstock rachelle at picard.niehs.nih.gov
Mon Mar 18 10:26:25 EST 1996

First of all, high school teachers are paid better than most postdocs,
which lots of people with PhD's in Bio wind up doing for the next 5
years or so while they try to find a real position...

While I agree with the person who said that not all biologists make
good teachers, most people who get an advanced degree do have some
experience as teaching assistants at a university...and I think that
often after graduate school people decide that research is not really
for them,so they think they will teach at a small college, and discover
that they will still have to compete for grant money and do research even
at a small college!  So if someone really wants to teach that's what
they should do!  Many high school's actually REQUIRE an advanced degree
in the subject matter and NOT a teaching degree...Here in North Carolina
we have the North Carolina High School of Science and Mathematics-
a special PUBLIC high school (similar to Bronx High School of Science
and Stuyvesent HIgh school in New York City) They require Science teachers
to have a MS or PhD in the SUBJECT MATTER they are teaching! (not in

My mother (who is now over 70) was a teacher...When she became a
teacher there was no such thing as an "education" major...you majored in
the subject which you wanted to teach and minored in education...which
is the way it should be again....Many high school science and math
teachers are severely lacking in background and are really unable to
teach AP classes...Like Woody Allen says" Those that can't do, teach,
and those that can't teach, teach gym...."

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