Thursday, August 23, 2007

Connecticut Certification

I wrote in a previous post that my wife and I are trying to obtain Connecticut certification. Today, we drove into Hartford--what a desolate city that has become in the twelve years I've been gone--in order to hand deliver our paperwork.
We entered an old wooden door into a tiny little room with a walk-up counter. Behind the desk, an older woman sat with a disgruntled look on her face. She wasn't pleasant. And then I read the sign on one of the walls. It advertised the process for discussing certification questions. The receptionist could not answer questions, she only accepted the paperwork. Additionally, any questions must be directed to one of the consultants. Applicants had to call between 12-4 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. I wonder how much that consultant gets paid? Do you think it is more than a fourth year teacher?


At 5:26 PM , Anonymous ca-teacher-23yrs said...

I'm sure you're a nice guy and do a terrific job in the classroom but, you've (only) been teaching for four years, not an especially long time. You just got a job! Get rid of the sarcasm and whine in your posts.

At 8:33 PM , Anonymous Matthew K. Tabor said...

No, I don't think that consultant is as much as a fourth year teacher.

Consider the benefits to the district of a consultant:

1. The district doesn't have to pay any additional benefits because it's a short-term contract position. Teacher benefits make up a significant portion of school budgets; this shaves a little off compared to having a full-time staffer handle the project, whatever it may be.

2. If the consultant sucks/ineffective, their contract doesn't have to be renewed. It is infinitely harder to cut a real employee.

3. No professional development costs to get an employee up to speed on whatever relevant skills are required by the project.

There are more, but you get the idea. The consultant's hourly wage might be more than a 4th year teacher's, but the cost to the district is almost certainly far less. And if it's not, someone's made a dumb decision.

As for the sarcasm, I don't care how long you've been teaching. The idea that you'd earn sarcasm after 15 years of service is absurd. I find your posts as relevant and worthwhile as one who has been teaching for 40 years. Keep up the blogging, it's good stuff.

At 9:09 PM , Blogger DrPezz said...

Sarcasm means you still feel. When you don't, then worry. :)

At 11:30 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

ca-teacher with 23 years--my humblest apology for only teaching for four years. Did you know that my four years of experience cost me a two different jobs. Only four years? Sorry, you clearly don't have the ability we're looking for. Only four years? Sorry, this precludes you from commenting on the absurdities in life. Only four years? Sorry, you don't have the right to be sarcastic.

At 10:47 AM , Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

A dash of sarcasm adds zest to life!


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