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A Sense of Calling?

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JHS Teacher finds she takes offense when acquaintences talk reverently about her choice of profession, suggesting it’s a kind of noble sacrifice:

I really hate that. I know, most people think they're giving me a compliment, but what's going on underneath is that idea that teachers are a special breed. One that gets its satisfaction not from money or wealth, but from doing good deeds in the world. By thinking of teaching as a "calling" rather than a profession, we are more put into the ranks of nuns and missionaries, rather than highly trained professionals. Isn't there a vow of poverty that most people "called" to the church take? I didn't take any such vow.

True, she loves her job and believes in the work she does, but …

Just because I like my job, and it engages me, does that mean I have to give up the financial rewards other professionals earn in other careers?
Where does it say that one doesn't have to make as much money if one has a job one believes in?
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Amen!

I agree. Doctors consider their jobs to be "noble callings" but I don't ever see them complaining that their pay is too much.

I totally agree with your question of, "does that mean I have to give up the financial rewards other professionals earn in other careers?". Many teachers are expected to donate or volunteer their time and efforts instead of being compensated for successfully preparing the future adults of the country. With the many budget cuts being proposed nationwide regarding educational funding, the quality of teaching is seriously at risk for declining just as the salary schedule is compared to other professions.

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