You feel that sting? That’s pride F****N’ with you!

Teachers Facing Weakest Market in Years (NY Times)

The recession seems to have penetrated a profession long seen as recession-proof. Superintendents, education professors and people seeking work say teachers are facing the worst job market since the Great Depression. Amid state and local budget cuts, cash-poor urban districts like New York City and Los Angeles, which once hired thousands of young people every spring, have taken down the help-wanted signs.

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“I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do,” said Ms. Pankow, 23, as she waited outside the principal’s office at Pelham Memorial last week, among 619 people applying for one English position. “Which is a problem, because I might have to do something else.”

To which I say, welcome to reality, Ms. Pankow. Do you think my philosophy minor helped me as I migrated a company’s email system to Microsoft Exchange last week? MOST PEOPLE aren’t in their dream job. It’s a called a fact of life and I’m having a hard time garnering sympathy to the fact that you might not end up in your cushy, eight-month a year, health care and pension-backed career of choice. Offhand I can think of 50 things I’d rather be doing than the job I ended up in, but when one of them is “mowing lawns”, it’s too depressing to list them here. It suffices to say that flexibility is a key requirement in today’s job market. Judging from the history of the teacher’s union, I’m going to guess that they aren’t stressing this skill in the current undergrad curriculum.

Even better is this quote

“We’re trying to encourage everyone to hold on,” said Kathy Schultz, an education professor at Penn. “But that’s very difficult because students have taken out loans and want to be assured of a job.”

Yeah, that seems like a sound strategy.

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One Response to You feel that sting? That’s pride F****N’ with you!

  1. Bob says:

    Yes, I too am completely sick of the constant barrage of “teachers bitching about things.” Usually, it’s the fact that they are underpaid, which I normally respond with something like “dude, you people have been complaining about being underpaid for decades! This cannot come as a surprise to you. ” If you go into the teaching profession without realizing that you are going to get a smaller paycheck than many, you are oblivious to everything and deserve your borderline poverty. Also, most public school years are about 180 days of the year. So, fuck you, half-timer. And both my parents were career teachers!