In praise of polyester  

Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
8/23/2005 7:23 pm
In praise of polyester

Did you know that the list of things that you can do with an advance degree in mathematics are surprisingly limited? I had said that I would tell what I really want to do with my degree.

I would love to be a math teacher.

Yep, that's right, a polyester wearing, comb over sporting, caclulator porting, high school mathematics teacher. The bane of every student's existence.

Laugh on, you say, surely you jest.


This is a plan that will have to be put on hold until my girls are 18 as the ex-Mrs Village Idiot still expects to be kept in the style that the state of Oregon deemed suitable for her.

That, and the fact that my girls have nightmares about walking into a classroom and finding dear old dad lining out quadratic equations on the blackboard. Of course, my oldest daughter has no problem bring 9 or 10 of her closest friends over with a pizza when they have problems with math at school.

Please note: there is no limit on what I will do for a pizza.

So should I start investing in clip-on ties?

rm_Network_Minx 47F
542 posts
8/24/2005 3:48 am

Don't feel weird about wanting to be a teacher, it is a noble calling. I think it is like being a minister, if you are called then go do. My sister teaches Chemistry and Physics. She worked for Dow right out of college, but she wanted to be a teacher. So she left her good paying job and took a job teaching Freshman Science. She has been a teacher for almost twenty years and she loves it. I have substituted and I love it too. I just don't want to teach full-time.
Check into being a teacher, there isn't anything wrong with changing careers. They need good teachers all over the country. Contact your local school district to see if there are openings. Teachers don't make very much but it is worth it. Plus if your income drops then the ex will have to take less in support. Don't worry about your girls. Its a parents duty to mortify their children. If you decide to do it in a few years that's ok too.


rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
8/24/2005 7:28 am

fallic - A cardigan sweater & clip on bow tie. geeks are hot! I went to catholic school, so you can count me among the mathematically impaired. I have always claimed it's because I am artistic..left brain / right brain sort of thing...but my friend Fermi is (obviously) a lover of math & a talented artist. Maybe I should sign up for your class.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
8/24/2005 8:33 pm

I am beginning to think that I need to invite all of the great ladies out there to e-mail me their ultimate geek outfits - send me pictures of those awesome clip on ties (not the black polyester security guard ties - that will be grounds for disqualification).

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