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My Speech On Teaching And America 's Future

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According to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, almost half of teachers quit the profession after five years. I am beginning that critical fifth year mark as a teacher; however…I am not joining the ranks of teachers to leave. In fact, each passing school year confirms to me why teaching is my calling. I live for those eureka effects, “aha!” moments, tightly squeezed hugs, sparkled eyes, and much more! Every day I walk into my classroom ready to teach as if my hair is on fire! People think teaching has been a calling all my life. The truth is I never considered teaching as a career choice while growing up. Coming from a strict Asian background, my parents have always pushed for careers in the medical or business field. Being young and uninformed, I pursued the business route without putting too much thought into my decision. I spent my four years of undergrad crunching numbers, analyzing data, and finding ways to maximize profit on a spreadsheet. That was fun and nonetheless challenging, but it did not provide a sense of service that I longed for and did not even know it existed until I lacked it in my daily internship at an accounting company. That was when I felt an itch to do “something” that makes a clear, tangible difference in the lives of others. At the time I had no idea what that “something” was or could possibly be. I sought out different career options, from nursing to ultrasound to sociology. One day I saw a flyer on campus for

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