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To teach or not to teach?

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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am

My name is Jonathan Davis and I am a ninth grade student at Tokay High School. I got average grades in elementary school and middle school, but I am taking school much more seriously now that I am in high school. I am trying very hard to finish the year with a 3.0 grade-point average.

All of the teachers I have this year are really nice and they care about the students. The only bad part of the school is so many of my classes are crowded. Some of my classes have as many as 40 students in them.

After reading an article in the Lodi News-Sentinel about LUSD’s approval of 177 layoffs, I am really concerned what our classroom sizes will be next year. It looks like a lot of the layoffs are going to be for elementary school teachers, but the school district also approved several high school teacher layoffs as well. If Tokay’s classes are crowded now, having fewer teachers will only make them worse.

Until this year I never really thought much about what I wanted to do for a job when I get older. Both of my parents have jobs they really like and my dad said I should try to get a degree in something that I enjoy. I love basketball and golf, but I don’t have a chance of doing either one professionally.

After going on a school trip last year to Washington, D.C., it got me very interested in history. In fact, since that time I have been giving a lot of thought to getting a degree in history and becoming a high school history teacher.

After graduating from high school it will take me at least another four years to graduate from college, then several more months of study to become a certified teacher. It would be great to be a teacher at Tokay in the Lodi Unified School District, but it seems crazy to spend all that time and money for a teaching degree and then worry every year if I would even have a job.

Jonathan Davis


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