The title of this post may sound simple, but if you would like to reply, there are three points to reply to. Not replying to all of them is fine, I don't mind, I really would simply like some advice-- yes, straight forward, critical advice. Keep in mind I am a science teacher-to-be, and have a reputation for being, "the person you call when you need to hear the truth no matter how hard". So--
Point one, as the youngest of three, I am at a point in my life where my relationship has with my siblings, older sisters, has become incredibly strained; with one in particular. (I suppose people with siblings answer this one if possible.) Should I cut ties? I admit that I would be almost completely comfortable with it. She has done nothing my entire life but reinvigorate a sense of WHY I need to become a science teacher, and has also done nothing except ridicule and ha-rang me for what would seem to be very basic concepts. I have simply grown tired of it. If I could maintain a good relationship, I would consider the option, I just don't know how possible it is.
Second, I am a 'former' college student who had to move back home because of the recent economical hardships coupled with vehicle trouble, etc, etc. Living with my family at an age where I truly consider my partnership with my girlfriend to be lifelong, (we are 300 miles apart right now), and also living with a very conservative family who seem interested and respectful of science but seem far more worried about wishful thinking than critical thinking-- again, I plan to be a science teacher but have been an active artist for 10 years, what are some good options? (Warning, I am a very contemplative person and have considered many paths, most of which have been met with, "this is my house and you won't criticize my beliefs like that.")
As a future educator, how should I tackle students with similar mindsets? I plan on being a teacher that allows for bi-weekly discussion, assuming lesson plans are met and time allows, on modern topics. Any topic that the students wish to discuss, because as a teacher, I find much more of an obligation to teach my students HOW to think but critically analyzing stories and information.
I appreciate any feedback-- especially from people with similar family issues. I have left out a lot of information and been very vague, so if ANY specification or clarification is needed, please, ask.