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5 Things I Hear as a Female Education Major (and How I Respond)

I’ve had many circumstances where I am constantly bashed for my major. I never understood why education majors are so looked down upon. Where would anyone be if there were no teachers? It’s a scary thought. No matter how much I try to instill the importance of teachers to my peers, many do not understand. Here are some of the most common comments I get when I tell people I’m an education major.

 

  1. “So you must be on the lookout for a rich husband at school, right?” or “Oh so you’re going to marry rich?”

    1. No, I’m not. As the iconic Cher once said “I am a rich man!” I’m at school to learn how to teach children. I am at school to learn classroom management and different methods of teaching for different learning styles. I am not there to look for a rich husband because I don’t need to be provided for and it is frankly pretty sexist to assume I won’t be successful and happy without a rich husband. 

  2. “Awww, you’re gonna be such a great mom since you’ll have mommy hours!”

    1. What? I’m 20 years old. I am not thinking about what kind of mother I’ll be. Being a teacher does not equal being a mom. Yes, I am more than willing to care for and love children. I have six nieces and one nephew. I am capable of caring and loving children, but my career is separate from my family life. My job is to teach children and be a role model. I am not to be their guardian. It’s also extremely harmful to just assume I even want to be a mom. My hours are also most definitely not “mommy hours” since I will be having to grade and prep on a lot of my own time.

  3. “Ugh, you’re so lucky to be taking the easy way out.”

    1. EASY?!?!? Okay, I get it, education is viewed as not difficult and some majors are more difficult, but c’mon. My major hits roughly 100 credit hours and a lot of my peers are not seeing what I do in a classroom. Please tell me all the Danielson competencies and how to properly create an IEP. Education is far from easy.

  4. To my male colleague AFTER saying #3 to me: “Oh my, you’re in education?! That’s so noble of you! Your students must love you” and a bunch of other praises I have yet to hear.

    1. Can’t lie I am happy that at least someone is recognized positively for being an education major. However, I’m lost on why they are getting praised for doing the same thing I am. Education is very female dominated, but that doesn’t mean that females are less noble for pursuing this career path. For me, it’s seen as the easy way out; for him, it’s seen as a heroic contribution to society. 

  5. “Ugh, I could NEVER do that. You’re a saint!”

    1. Teaching isn’t for everyone, I’m well aware. However, do not be telling me that I’m a saint for this. Fight for teachers instead! Teachers are underappreciated and underpaid. Call out your friends who bash teachers for no reason. Thank a teacher you had or have. Put pressure on elected officials for better teacher pay!

    

These are all things I hear far too often as an education major. I am beyond ecstatic to begin my career, but the constant bashing needs to stop. Being a teacher is much more than it seems. It is not the path for everyone. It is not easy. It doesn’t mean I’ll be a mom. It doesn’t mean I’ll marry rich. It means I’ll be enriching young minds and hoping to create a better environment for students.

Hi! This is Jillian (but she really prefers to be called Jilly or Jill) from the University of Tampa. Jilly grew up right outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Jilly is an education major with a double minor in political science and leadership studies. She enjoys baking, ice cream, reading, and jamming to music with her friends. She's totally a dog person but has a special spot in her heart for cats. Jilly plans to teach the 3rd or 4th grade with hopes of instilling a love of learning in future generations.
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