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EdWeek: What I Want From My Next Teaching Job

By Tom Rademacher
Education Week

It Won't Be Easy (Tom Rademacher)I just lost my job. This happens in education all the time. I was new to my district, and my district needed money, and a whole bunch of us had to go. A lot of us (me included) hoped to stay, hoped we would escape the teacher shell-game—transfers and retirements and re-hires—that happens this time of year. We hoped that in the end we would just end with a few weeks of brow-furrowing before we ultimately got the news that we could stay. I still had hope until I got the email last week that listed all the new hires, and my job was listed next to someone else's name.

Ok. No one's fault. Now I am officially job hunting. And I am not alone. Conventional wisdom suggests that while I seek employment, it's a poor time to talk about what's wrong with schools. Best to keep my head down and try to get a job, any job. But if you've ever heard the phrase, "Live your life with the confidence of a mediocre white man," know that I am that man. So I'm putting this out there: my personal ad for the next job I want in teaching.

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