I want to teach physics and reach out to motivated students with research opportunities in my classes as a career. It seems like every time I tell someone this they comment on how broken the public school system is and that I'd be subject to the parents' whining and whims. They also say the administration aspects of having 30-40 students would be too much for me ("They" being people who know me personally). Also there are stories told to me all the time about teachers who get flat out told what and how to teach in their classroom by administrative bodies. I'm not as on the fence about it as them, I've been tutoring at the level of AP Physics 1/2/C for a while now and I know the material doesn't bore me, and the pleasure I feel by being damn good at teaching makes me happy. My advisor suggests that I get a Masters or PhD in Physics and teach at a private high school where class sizes will be small and the kids will be more motivated. Plus he always points out that most of the people who tell me these things aren't teachers, and I should have better luck as a physics teacher than someone who teaches English for instance. So how about it? Have any of you heard that teaching physics in high school is too much of a chore due to school administrations, parents, class sizes, etc, or have you heard or experienced that it's entirely worth it and if I already like teaching I'd be crazy not to try it out after I'm done with grad school? Thanks for any input.