I had a conversation with my husband a few weeks ago discussing the future of education here in Canada – it was prompted when we saw a school building that was badly in need of repair. He shook his head and said that it should be fixed up. I said, “good luck finding the $$ in the education budget for that. They don’t even have money for textbooks.”
I went on to suggest that it is our right-wing government’s hidden (or perhaps not so hidden) agenda to allow the state of public education to deteriorate to the point that they can come along and pull funding completely. They’ll point to the poor quality education and compare to that of privately run schools and wipe their hands of the whole deal. They’ll say, look, let business run it. They can do much better than we can.
Hubby thought that my position was a tad overblown. “Nah, they’ll never get rid of public education!”
I hope that I am wrong. But based on what I read in this fellow’s blog… well, read for yourself.
Just got back from an interview that, I think, went really well both for me and for the other folks– and which was, for once, a couple of people having a conversation across a table, which is how I think job interviews ought to go– and which ended by me basically having to admit that there was no chance in hell I was going to be able to work for them because of their legally-mandated-by-the-state-of-Indiana salary structure. I have twelve years of experience and two Master’s degrees; no, I will not be teaching for you for $35,000.
It is literally illegal to pay me according to my experience and training. I have another interview scheduled for this afternoon; I have already read through their master contract and it is going to go the same way. I am sorely tempted to save myself the gas money and just cancel the interview…
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