Feb 22, 2009
On 2/02/09, baffled and bemused wrote:
> Cronyism has taken place in hiring since the days of Plato and
> Socrates, nothing new there. Now you know why most of our
> public schools have a lamentable reputation. No one holds TN
> to a higher standard, the bar was permanently lowered decades
> ago. Why would you want to teach in TN anyway?
> On 2/01/09, Jamie Manor wrote:
>> I know, I am licensed physical education teacher, and I got
>> passed over this past fall by someone who is on an alternative
>> II because they were buddies with the assistant athletic
>> director at the school.
>> On 9/23/08, Me wrote:
>>> Its impossible to get a teaching job unless you work in
>>> the inner cities or are related to the school board.
>>> Anyone that says they got the job and didn't know someone
>>> is crazy...Subbing, well people in our area aub for over
>>> five years only for positions to go to recent grads that
>>> are related to the school board!!! Stinks. i owe money to
>>> school loans with no job to pay them. I wish college would
>>> have prepared me for that one!!
Sadly, this seems to be true. I was recently overlooked for one
of several interim positions at a local school in East Tennessee.
I asked the principal why I was not considered... she actually
used this as a reason: try to higher people who have paid their
dues. Initially I was just happy to have been given a response.
Then I thought, "why would a professional admin use THAT type of
criteria to hire someone as important as a teacher!?!?"
Later a teacher from the same school told me she was hired (fresh
out of college) because her professor put in a word for her. /sigh
Oh, and one of the positions... taken by a retired teacher
(another 'friend' I presume).
Since I don't 'know' anyone... and I've never been (nor want to
be) a brown-noser... I wonder if I'll ever get hired!