I was amused to see the same idea advanced by the heroine of Meredith Nicholson’s 1912 bestselling novel, A Hoosier Chronicle.
When Sylvia Garrison, a Wellesley-educated mathematician, determines to be a public school teacher, everyone tells her she is too good to waste her time teaching in the public schools. She says politely that what she intends to do. She views her Wellesley courses as preparation for her real learning.
Sylvia takes the pre-1900 version of Teach for America training one summer to give her the requisite pedagogical training.
As she starts her first year in the classroom, Sylvia writes a friend, “I’m a school-teacher…a member of the gray sisterhood of American nuns….it’s not what I’m required to teach, but what I’m going to learn that worries me!”