There is no scoffing at men who are teachers from me! It is a wonderful profession to serve and help others. I’d probably have more in common with a gentleman who is a teacher, as I lean towards having academic interests, so reading, studying and learning would play a big role in my household.
Around here, teachers in both Catholic and public schools earn decent middle-class salaries with benefits. Some of my friends are teachers, and it is a profession that I admire. I taught adults part-time a few years ago, where the pay was puny and the stress was high. I lead a middle-class life with the job I have now.
I suppose it has a lot to do with how you are raised and where you come from, whether you are encouraged to succeed, how success is defined, and what you value. Also where you are today and what the world is like may be very, very different 20 years from now. Changes in the economy could affect quality of life, the number of mouths to feed change the equation for how the family finances look, and decisions have to be made about things like college education funds for all the kids. There is nothing wrong with staying a teacher for a full working career, or ending up as a principal or a school board administrator. How a husband and wife manage the family finances is more important than what the occupation of either person is.