California hopes to persuade scientists and engineers nearing retirement to make math and science teaching their second career. The program is modeled on an IBM program, which lets would-be teachers take online courses on company time; they get a $15,000 stipend during their three-month student teaching internships.
â€œIt’s like Teach for America backward. . . . I’m taking the still-young and saying, ‘Let’s do this,’ â€ (Sherri Lansing) said. â€œThey bring experience, they bring wisdom, they bring knowledge, and they also bring money. They can afford to be teachers.â€
I predict the ex-techies won’t put up with the working conditions in disorderly, poorly led schools.
Education Week followed up on six Ohio teachers who started in the profession five years ago and found all have remained teachers. But only two are working in inner-city schools; a third was working in a Cleveland middle school till May.
Late on May 4, an 8th grade girl angry about detention threatened to â€œbeat the assâ€ of the teacher, prompting her classmates to take up the chant. In the next period, a mouse poked its head out. During the commotion that followed, a 7th grader carrying the dead rodent slammed Ms. Hauserman into the doorjamb. She closed her classroom door and couldnâ€™t stop crying. â€œI canâ€™t do this anymore,â€ she thought as bruises began to form.
Now diagnosed as suffering from post- traumatic stress syndrome that developed over months, she hasnâ€™t been back to the school.
She’s interviewing for jobs outside Cleveland.