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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

School of Hard Knocks

I started my part time summer job tonight, more to get out of the house then to get any real money out of the deal. So, I meet this kid who is already working there. (BTW, I use the term "kid" loosely these days, he's probably like 23 years old). He tells me he IS a teacher but that he doesn't actually teach right now. Same song different lyrics: He finished up last year and couldn't find a job...blah, blah, blah.

I ask the "kid" if he subbed this year in the meantime and he gives me some lame excuse about not having his certification in time. I politely point out that in the state of NJ you need not be certified to sub...all you need is 60 college credits. He spits out something about how you really need the certificate though because if a school has an option, they'll pick a certified teacher to sub over a regular old sub. But he IS a teacher...just without the piece of paper in his hands. And then even once he got the paper he didn't bother to sub..since it was already January and all.

Yeah cause kids are only in school for SIX MORE MONTHS.

For those of you who don't know, there are really 3 types of people who sub:

1. Retired teachers who want extra income and aren't ready to fully ready to retire yet.
2. New teachers who are looking to get hired.
3. Mom types who want an "easy" job (ha, ha), but still like being close to their kids.

Basically I call bull****. If you can't get a job, I sympathize. But God helps those who help themselves...or at the very least, those who know him personally.



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