Those who can’t get a job teach

Teacher pay went up. The economy went down. As a result, there’s no shortage of teachers in most subjects and in most places. However, there’s still a demand for math, science, special education and bilingual teachers. And don’t expect inner-city schools to be staffed with experienced, qualified teachers unless the seniority system changes.

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  1. There’s really no shortage of math and science teachers, either. The most attractive candidates apply for the best jobs– in suburbia, exurbia, and where the good money is, comparatively speaking. These positions have a surfeit of applicants, and urban war zones and very rural communities end up importing teachers from Germany, hiring businessmen in search of career changes, or grabbing inexperienced kids fresh from college (known as “throwin’ ’em to the wolves.”) It’s sad, of course, because those are the areas where the kids need the best instructors…

  2. There’s really no shortage of math and science teachers, either. The most attractive candidates apply for the best jobs– in suburbia, exurbia, and where the good money is, comparatively speaking. These positions have a surfeit of applicants, and urban war zones and very rural communities end up importing teachers from Germany, hiring businessmen in search of career changes, or grabbing inexperienced kids fresh from college (known as “throwin’ ’em to the wolves.”) It’s sad, of course, because those are the areas where the kids need the best instructors…

  3. I agree with J.P. I’ve been trying to get an internship position in math (I have a B.A.), but I have so far been unsuccessful at schools within a reasonable driving distance for me (all suburbs).

    I suppose I could apply to the urban schools, but I’m not sure I’d be doing either of us a favor until I at least get my feet wet.

  4. I agree with J.P. I’ve been trying to get an internship position in math (I have a B.A.), but I have so far been unsuccessful at schools within a reasonable driving distance for me (all suburbs).

    I suppose I could apply to the urban schools, but I’m not sure I’d be doing either of us a favor until I at least get my feet wet.

  5. PJ/Maryland says:

    I’m not sure if it’s an advantage or not, but Maryland’s schools are organized by county (ie the school district is the same area as the county). As a result, the suburban districts tend to include a range from practically-urban to basically-rural.

    So almost all new teachers start at schools with problem students. After a year or two, teachers can usually jump to a more pleasant school within the district. The result is still new teachers teaching the kids who most need experienced ones, but at least most teachers have some “combat” experience. (Ironically the new teachers teaching in the hardest schools are paid the least, since they have no seniority.)

    I should point out that Maryland does have some rural counties (out west in the mountains, on the Eastern Shore, and Southern Maryland), and the Baltimore City school district is mostly urban.

  6. PJ/Maryland says:

    I’m not sure if it’s an advantage or not, but Maryland’s schools are organized by county (ie the school district is the same area as the county). As a result, the suburban districts tend to include a range from practically-urban to basically-rural.

    So almost all new teachers start at schools with problem students. After a year or two, teachers can usually jump to a more pleasant school within the district. The result is still new teachers teaching the kids who most need experienced ones, but at least most teachers have some “combat” experience. (Ironically the new teachers teaching in the hardest schools are paid the least, since they have no seniority.)

    I should point out that Maryland does have some rural counties (out west in the mountains, on the Eastern Shore, and Southern Maryland), and the Baltimore City school district is mostly urban.

  7. I recently found out that my job would be discontinued in a reorganization of a Federal support company. I tried, using top credentials to get jobs in area schools that haven’t found teachers. I really connected with a Superintendent/Principal who had taken over a school that needed much improvement. it seemed we really connected–the same education, age, values. He said he could make the decision because of the school’s situation, new rules etc. without the board’s approval. He said he would let me know in three days yes or no, but sounded positive. THERE WAS NO RESPONSE. I called several times. The secretary said she would have him call, but I know nothing. Any ideas?

  8. I recently found out that my job would be discontinued in a reorganization of a Federal support company. I tried, using top credentials to get jobs in area schools that haven’t found teachers. I really connected with a Superintendent/Principal who had taken over a school that needed much improvement. it seemed we really connected–the same education, age, values. He said he could make the decision because of the school’s situation, new rules etc. without the board’s approval. He said he would let me know in three days yes or no, but sounded positive. THERE WAS NO RESPONSE. I called several times. The secretary said she would have him call, but I know nothing. Any ideas?