Saturday, April 28, 2007


A friend and colleague sent me the following. It will probably only entertain you if you are a teacher. Most non-teachers think that we have a cushy job so if you are a non-teacher read it even though it won't likely entertain you - you need the education. Unfortunately, this is not much of an exaggeration in today's schools.

Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show?

Three businessmen and three businesswomen will be dropped into 3
Elementary school classrooms for 6 weeks.

Each business person will be provided with a copy of his/her school
district's curriculum, and a class of 28 students.

Each class will have five learning-disabled children, three with A.D.D.,
one gifted child, and two who speak limited English.

Three will be labeled with severe behavior problems.
Each business person must complete lesson plans at least 3 days in advance with
annotations for curriculum objectives and modify, organize, or create
materials accordingly.

They will be required to teach students, handle misconduct, Implement
technology, document attendance, write referrals, correct homework make
bulletin boards, compute grades, complete report cards, document
benchmarks, communicate with parents, and arrange parent conferences.

They must also supervise recess and monitor the hallways. In addition,
they will complete drills for fire, tornadoes, terrorists and shooting

They must attend 100 hours of workshops, faculty meetings, union
meetings, and curriculum development meetings.

They must also tutor those students who are behind and strive to get
their 2 non-English speaking children proficient enough to take the EQAO

If they are sick or having a bad day, they must not let it show. Each
day they must incorporate reading, writing, math, science, and social
studies into their program.

They must maintain discipline and provide an educationally stimulating
environment at all times.

The business people will only have access to the golf course on the
weekends, but on their new salary they will not be able to afford it

There will be no access to vendors who want to take them out to lunch,
and lunch will be limited to 30 minutes.
On days when they do not have recess duty, the business people will be
permitted to use the staff restroom as long as another survival
candidate is supervising their class.

They will be provided with two, 40-minute planning periods per week
while their students are at activity classes. If the copier is operable,
they may make copies of necessary materials at this time.

The business people must continually advance their own education on
their own time, and pay for this advanced training themselves.

This can be accomplished by moonlighting at a second job or marrying
someone with money.

The winner will be allowed to return to his or her former job.


Anonymous said...

I'm not a teacher but I have friends who are. It made me smile at how true it is. Thanks for sharing. :~)
Teachers are so important and it never ceases to amaze me at how under valued they are. My hubby and I try to help out in any way we can.

Abigail said...

In a bout of insanity I majored in education for about two semesters.
After my first practicum and being told to go F*$% myself by a student I came to me senses and got the hell out of there.

I have the utmost respect for somebody who can do it without going completely batty.