Why I discourage Latino students from becoming teachers

As I enter my 19th year in education, I’m reminded of how much things change and how much they stay the same. About ten years ago, a casual conversation with a student started with me asking, “What are you doing after high school?”

The student, usually male, responded, “Going to the Army.”

“Why do you want to go to the Army?” I’d say.

Students would tell me to get money for college, to serve my country, to travel. Whatever the reason, I’d follow up by asking, “How else can you do that?”

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