I note that one of our more creditable recent graduates has taken work as a middle school teacher. Kudos to him for finding honorable employment, and congratulations for finding, in a tough market, employment any sort.
But on the principle that one swallow makes a summer, I wonder if we see a new modality here. It used to be that a bright young lad would spend a couple of years teaching public school and then go to law school. Worked mighty well in a lot of cases: build a little maturity, learn a bit about dealing with people, take a breather from studentship, all those good things.
I'm wondering whether now, in this parlous new job market, the pattern will go into reverse? Will we see a bunch of schoolteacher with professional degrees (and, I assume, the accompanying $200k marker down at the bank)?