In an Edwize article a comment by the respected Peter Goodman of Unity (yes I do respect his opinon - unlike the rest of the Unity hacks) stated that the small schools would have welcomed any of these excessed teachers if they only showed up for an interview? That left the unaware of why wouldn't an experienced quality teacher interview in a small school that would welcome them with open arms? Well, if I have one problem with Peter, it is his bias in pushing small schools and ignore the problems with many of them. Including their inability to attract experienced quality teachers. Therefore, after talking with a few excessed teachers who did interview at small schools, I decided to come up with a hypothetical interview of an excessed Chemistry teacher at the 350 student small school called The School of Environmental Justice.
School: Why do you want a position at our school?
Teacher: I want to teach in a classroom, not being a day-to-day sub in my home school.
Teacher: I fell embarrassed and my self-esteem has suffered in working in a school that no
longer can use me as a classroom teacher. It's difficult to face my ex students as a sub.
School: What did you teach in your school?
Teacher: Chemistry, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science.
School: Have you taught Living Environment, Earth Science, & Physics?
Teacher: Not recently, and I have never taught Physics.
School: In our school we have no money for AP courses and you will be required to teach all four
Regents science courses.
Teacher: You mean four preps?
Teacher: Will lab preparation be my professional assignment?
School: Yes, but in our school the teachers must do an administrative assignment as well.
Teacher: Like what?
School: Hallway duty, cafeteria patrol, or policing the bathrooms.
Teacher: Are there any other duties you expect me to do?
School? Yes, we expect you to volunteer for Saturday instruction and help in our after school
Teacher: Will I get paid for the extra work?
School: Sorry, we don't have the funds to pay the teachers anything extra.
Teacher: Let me get this straight. I must teach four different Regents science courses, volunteer to teach on Saturday for free, do a professional and administrative assignment, and help out in the after school program?
School: Yes, and by the way, you will become a team leader and spend an occasional lunch with your group of students. See, we can only afford one guidance officer and the teachers must do double duty.
Teacher: Thank you for the interview but I think I will stay at my school as an ATR until a real teaching position becomes available.
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