Apparently the market’s a little tight for teachers:
In the month since Pelham Memorial High School in Westchester County advertised seven teaching jobs, it has been flooded with 3,010 applications from candidates as far away as California. The Port Washington District on Long Island is sorting through 3,620 applications for eight positions — the largest pool the superintendent has seen in his 41-year career.
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KIPP, another charter school network with 82 schools nationwide, has received 745 applications since January at its seven schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, compared with 385 last year.
At the University of Pennsylvania, most of the 90 aspiring teachers who graduated last weekend are jobless. Many had counted on offers from the Philadelphia public schools but had their interviews canceled this month after the district announced a hiring freeze.
“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.”
There’s something outrightly pernicious, even a little disgusting, about the very existence of the phrase “assured of a job.” Assured by whom, exactly? And why? May those words never pass my lips except in mockery.
Welcome to the real world, would-be teachers. You have to be smarter, brighter, straighter…. better than the next guy if you want to get ahead. On the bright side: this helps address one contentious issue, though. Who needs merit pay when you have 3000+ applicants for seven jobs?