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The pay isn't the best, but the power to influence the minds of future adults is pretty awesome. It's not the same power as being a pirate or a dentist, but you are being trusted with the world's most precious commodity: children. True, your students won't really remember you or any of the carefully planned activities you'll design, but you will be a child's regular source of warmth, love, comfort, acceptance, and safety. If you can teach a child to resolve conflicts, make decisions, form friendships, and follow instructions, you are making the world a better place. We think that's a lot more power than Iron Man has. Iron Man has to protect the world from people who didn't go to a good preschool.