My ninth graders (all 110 of them in our smaller learning community) just finished a career project where they used their strengths as people and the skills and priorities they would bring to future careers to do some research and then create a deliverable (most used Google presos, some did Glogsters or Prezis). Several students researched teaching as one of their possible careers. This description of how teaching fit with their priorities initially hurt my soul.
Teachers don't have any venue to be curious or talented?
But then I thought about it some more. Isn't this also a public perception issue? Hasn't this students, who is in their tenth year of school, seen an awful lot of teachers? If they feel like teaching doesn't let you use your curiosity or talent, that strikes me as a pretty big problem.