Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions a person could ask is whether or not elementary education is important. When children learn to read and write, is it because they learned on their own or is it because they were taught for many hours and worked one skill at a time? Over the last generations, elementary education, especially preschool, was just something a parent could choose to send their kids to. It wasn’t mandatory and parents had different perspectives. Some may say it was pointless while others say it helped their child tremendously. Kathleen McCartney, a dean of Howard Graduate School of Education said, "There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool.” But has it become a lost cause or is a young child’s education important? The building blocks of America’s future start in one place, the classroom. Early childhood education is important in forming the beginning foundations and teachings of a child’s life (Why Preschool Matters).
The job of a preschool teacher isn’t just to sit there while the children run around yelling and screaming. The job of a teacher is to plan lessons that teach students specific subjects, evaluate students’ strengths and weaknesses, grade students’ assignments and monitor their progress, communicate with parents, and work with students individually in order to make them better (Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers).
Some may say teaching preschool is nothing like a hard day’s work outside, but not in all aspects. Like any job, a teacher needs to be able to talk and communicate with employees and children. If there is no communication, there is no point in having the job. Communication helps to plan out events that will occur in the future and clears up previously miscommunicated information. Without this, there would be no lesson plans, rules, or any sort of leadership among peers (O*Net).
Like many jobs, a degree in elementary education requires a person to have an associate’s degree, but many employers would look for a bachelor’s degree. The majority of employers look to see if a person has any on the job experience. If so, most soon-to-be teachers need 2 years of on the job training or need to have prior experience. It is great to work at local daycares, preschools, student teach, or visit schools with a possible career you are focusing on (O*net).
Lady Gaga has said, “It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or how much money you’ve got in your pocket. You have made your own destiny and your own life is ahead of you.” Given that money doesn’t matter, a person should be passionate about their job and about their calling in life. A job should not be centered on the pay; it should be centered on something you are passionate about. As a preschool teacher, except for special education, the average wage is around $27,130 per year as of 2012. Depending on previous experience and hours put in, this...