Hi guys, I've been considering this for a while and even wrote a post on here a while ago. But after seeing some conflicting replys from some members, basically saying "Do not enter the profession, all the shortage stories you read were for specific subjects, now we have thousnads of teachers out of work, NQT's as well as experianced teachers can't find work for love nor money". I'm a bit dubious, especially after watching/reading an article on BBC. I'm a 28 year old male, in a full time job, and still at home. I was considering entering the primary school teacher field. Now I know I have to re-take some GCSE's as I got a D in Maths and D in Science that I am prepared to do. But seeing the replys of some members has put me off. I see people moaning about the work that involves in being a teacher and the "help they don't get", they list all the negatives as oppossed to ANY positives. I'm not a teacher so I can't really know if there are any positives, but surely it can't be all that bad to be a teacher. I guess obviously the area has an affect on the children you teach, but I'm not like saying that a specfic area has kids that are all the same, that's a bit of a blanket statement. Anyway the point I'm trying to make after going of on a tangent is: Considering I'm a male, and would like to go into Primary school teaching, mainly to try and help shape and teach the kids before they get to high school, where the problems don't get addressed, if anything it gets worse. I want to teach kids the values I had and the respect for adults that was taught to me by teachers and faimly and mainly my mum. I enjoy being with my nephews and nieces, all of around 4-9. I'm not put off by the stigma that surrounds male teachers in primary schools, and I consider myself at times to be an authortarin type of figure, tehy seem to listen to me. I would just love to know I had a hand in helping the next generation not turn out like the current one, not all, but a majorly high number of them! Again going off, is it worth me putting the effort in to become a male teacher or would I still be fighting with female teachers to get the job, given the OBVIOUS LACK of male teachers in schools. This is the link and story http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8734967/No-male-teachers-at-4500-primary-schools-figures-show.html. Getting the experiance to work with kids isn't that hard for me, as I can book holidays of work and do it in that time. I'd appreciate any feedback and thoughts, please constructive post's are MOST appreciated. Thanks again. Sorry for the wall of text!