Conversations with a Vascular Surgeon

I was fortunate enough to spend the last week with my extended family, and at one of our gatherings I had the pleasure of speaking with a relative who is the chief of vascular and endovascular surgery at a major medical center in California.  In the course of our conversation his wife mentioned that I actually had his dream job, being a high school Biology teacher. I was taken aback at first but he confirmed the statement.

I suggested with a laugh that he switch careers.  The laugh was reciprocated, so I let the comment drift away, but it hung in the back of my mind.  Here again we can see the crux of the problem we face in education in America.  The recurring argument in my mind went something like this.

If teaching high school Biology was his dream job.

And if he was more than qualified to be a Biology teacher.

And if he obviously wasn’t afraid to go after something he wanted – included in his medical education were stops at two different Ivy League schools.

Then what was the problem?

I didn’t ask the question of him so pointedly, but I will assume as many of you would, that the prestige accorded with the medical profession as well as the compensation one receives for being in his position, probably outweighed his dream.  Maybe we will be lucky and he will have a second career as a high school teacher; I hope so.  But maybe this is also another sign that the mission of Top Teacher Test Prep is necessary.  Top Teacher Test Prep’s goal is to get people like this doctor into the education profession and keep them there.  We hope to rectify that lack of prestige and lack of compensation through our system, and as more people join the movement we can create a groundswell of talent rushing into the profession and change the course of education.

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