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|Sun, 11-28-2010 - 10:45pm|
Ladies I know there's at least one other teacher on this board (hi, Chouli!) and I expect there's probably more.
Talk to me about the teaching profession in the US. I just watched Oprah's episode on "Waiting on/for Superman" and was devastated for those poor kids.
Now, I know that there are plenty of great teachers there, like our Chouli! But I'm so shocked at the process that if you work for 2 years you get tenure? What? This is apalling for a parent, in the case of unmotivated, tired, over-it teachers.
DH and I are both teachers (by choice, not by default) and have had previous professions in the media and business respecitvely. We are passionate about what we do. We love our jobs. The problem is that here, state teachers are mostly on contracts and jobs are so hard to come by (due to "dinosaur" teachers who won't move on, despite openly hating their jobs, and also due to universities accepting very low score applicants into teacher preparation courses as a $ making enterprise. The great thing about this is that because the jobs are so competitive, kids get great teachers. We never know if we have a job the following year so we give 200% every day (not that we woudn't anyway, but there's nothing like instability as a motivation).
What are the teachers like there? What are your colleagues/kid's teachers like? I was shocked about the "Lemon Dance" (where rubbish teachers are swapped between districts!). What is the salary like? The salary here is good (about 60K for a 4th year teacher).
Interested to hear back!