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02-23-2012 03:47 PM #3631
Let me rant on a little bit more about my wife's position. We both got home yesterday evening and she told me she had spoken to her principal about varying her teaching for next year. She would like to start teaching health instead of just teaching science. Now before anyone says teaching health is just a way to not teach, my wife has a real passion for health. Like I said before she has an undergrad in Exercise and Sports Science and a masters in Health Education along with her other undergrad in Biology. She was a personal trainer for years while she was going to school and then an Exercise Physiologist at the Fitness Institute of IHC (a regional HMO) for 6 years prior to beginning her teaching career. Not to mention the fact that you could bounce a quarter on her abs and that's after having 3 kids and being in her mid '30s (yes I'm bragging). So she is beyond qualified to teach Health in Jr. High or Middle School or whatever you guys call it. The response she got from her principal; "Sorry but Mrs. X has her teaching endorsement for Health and has been teaching here for 6 years longer than you so she'll be teaching it next year." I understand that there rightfully should be advantages given to workers that have been loyal and done well, but this is just stupid to me.
02-24-2012 02:34 PM #3632
Wait, so is it an open position, or is the teacher who has been there six years longer with the health teaching endorsement the current health teacher?
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02-25-2012 11:19 AM #3634
From my side of things (I'm in upper level HR) the move could in theory be done, but only under a couple scenarios. A) There would have to be another teaching position open where the current health teacher could be moved to, you can't just get rid of a teacher because someone else wants to teach what she is teaching. B) The other teacher would have to be qualified to teach that other subject. Basically (and I see this one happen all the time) if we are talking about teachers that are qualified to teach Reading and English (separate subjects here), the qualifications are the same for both jobs, so you can move them around at will. If your wife wanted to teach English instead of Reading one year, it'd be up to that department head, but they could move her into it no problem and move an English teacher into Reading. Going from Science to Health is much harder because you are crossing into other departments, and from a class with a much higher enrollment to a lower enrollment.
Sorry to encroach on your rant, just trying to make sense of why they would say that. Part employment law, part teaching logistics. These are the kinds of conversations that my wife and I get into all the time because the HR department in their school system is about worthless. Where in the private sector you can bring in someone more qualified and replace someone anytime you want, teaching is a whole different world when it comes to employment, as it should be, since it's the only profession in the country where their employer allows them to be harassed constantly, they consistently have their contracts ignored, and in some cases their job security is completely dependent on children and their parents and is totally out of their own control.
02-26-2012 06:40 PM #3635
Why do people feel the need, on just about every social medium, to tell me what they are eating? What is the point of this, to make me jealous? Is the goal to get others to say, "Ooooh that sounds so good, I wish I was you!"
02-26-2012 06:46 PM #3636
02-26-2012 06:51 PM #3637
I think it's because people are boring but food is potentially interesting and it's an excuse to post/share/tweet
02-26-2012 08:37 PM #3638
02-26-2012 10:12 PM #3639
#9? Really? Gold Glove, Fielding Bible, slugged .450 and #9?
02-27-2012 01:03 PM #3640
Stomach flu...go away and leave my family alone.
02-27-2012 11:53 PM #3641
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02-28-2012 10:48 AM #3645
There is currently a Health teacher that is retiring at the end of the school year. Because there is a teacher that has been at the school for 6 or 7 years and asked to take over teaching health (I think my wife said she teaches Spanish right now) the principal said she gets the Health position because she essentially asked first. It's frustrating to me as a parent because I want the best person in there to educate my kids. I know this sort of thing happens all the time, but it pisses me off. I see it in my job in IT and it makes me mad in that area as well and I'm one of the older guys.