As a college student near entering the world of pursuing a teaching career I hear a lot of talk around campus of students questioning if everything they are doing is worth it all in the end. They ask themselves if teaching is really for them. Personally I never thought twice about pursuing a teaching career. The passion and personal motivation of the things I believe I can accomplish in the classroom and the world of difference you can make is more then enough to keep me moving forward. I cant help but to hear what others in my classes are discussing. From having to pass the PRE (professional readiness exam) , meeting all the requirements to enter the teaching program, and even after all of this still having to take MTTC tests covering your major and minors.
The biggest headache of all is this PRE. Many students stopped pursuing education as their major because of this test alone. Does this mean we could be losing great teachers to this exam and if so, cant we all agree that this should be fixed sooner than later? I hear things from students focusing on the elementary level saying how they cant pass the math portion full of calculus and other maths they may have never been taught or have not seen since high school. What if test taking is a challenge to these students? I struggled with this exam but stayed motivated enough and finally passed it. I also had these thoughts I hear from other students currently finding themselves where I once found myself. Thinking that this test does not score you upon character, dedication, classroom management, lesson planning and many other things that create a teacher.
Referencing back to the question if teaching is for me, are individuals saying this because of a personal feeling that they feel stronger pursuing another career or do they ask this in fear they cant pass the state tests and/or meet the high requirements it takes to get into their universities teaching program. Will this cause a teacher shortage in the future? I have already read articles talking about teacher shortages happening in certain areas of the country.
As coming up with a solution, I believe there should be more then just testing to get through or into a teaching program. Mock interviews, live lessons in classrooms and collaboration with peers should be on the list of finding tomorrows teachers. These are just a few ideas but the point I am getting at is we could be losing amazing teachers that are very strong in areas other than testing. If there are other ideas out there or opinions about pursuing teaching today please comment below and share!