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03 November 2004: Job Posting: Unreasonable Diligence and Paperwork Required (1 of 5)

Given the current state of education in my state, it shouldnít surprise anyone that this was the fourth summer that I have spent looking for a job for the fall.

Granted, I have chosen to work in districts with a lot of problems. And, generally districts with a lot of problems tend to create more problems by laying off their teachers when they donít know what else to do. Thatís not actually the problem I want to discuss.

Whatís on my mind these days is what itís like looking, applying for, and landing a teaching job. As far as I can tell, this process reflects two huge difficulties that are benchmarks of public education: slow and inefficient bureaucracy, and the subjective task of finding a quality teacher without the benefit of watching them teach.

teaching quote of the day

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

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