As I was finishing up my last post, I tabbed over to Facebook. In the margin, with the adds it said
Hey Underpaid Teachers! You can make additional money selling “product X” in your spare time to your friends and family!”
Since this month’s topic is Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition, I found that ad particularly meaningful. How or why is “Underpaid Teachers” in any way acceptable?
Why should teachers need to look for additional money? As my daughter would say, “Why is that even a thing?”
This also brought to mind a picture I saw once. It was of an old chicken coop at the turn of the century where the local teacher lived. Before Unions and modern working conditions, this teacher lived in a chicken coop.
For an interesting look into where we (teachers) have come from, try reading “The Teacher’s Funeral” by Richard Peck. Think about what recruitment must have been like. Retention? Just the crazy ones.
But Recognition. That is the hard one to figure out. Everyone knew the town teacher.
I guess back in the day, they didn’t have Facebook telling them how to “sell to your family and friends.”