Jacques Barzun, famous American historian, said: “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” While teaching has long ago lost the esteem it deserves as a profession, it will always be one of the activities I love most. The complete satisfaction that comes with helping others to overcome obstacles they previously viewed as insurmountable makes a passionate teacher feel like a superhero. If I could make a living doing what I love most, I would teach mathematics.
Why math? Math is a subject that (quite literally) gives students problems. They quickly become as negative as some of the numbers they work with, and soon factor inevitable failure into almost every expression. Add to that the significant degree of difficulty associated with logical reasoning, subtract away rational expectations for good grades when concepts (and numbers) get complex, multiply these problems by what seems to be an infinite sum of students, and divide that large number of students by a relatively small number of qualified teachers in comparison, and the result is clear: knowledgeable and understanding instructors are needed to even out the inequalities present in the area of mathematics education.
Regardless of the subject, I believe that helping others to learn is paramount to helping them grow. While math says that one may not be very significant when compared to millions, the world is still made up of individuals. I would enjoy nothing more than helping the world grow – one student at a time.