Subject: Teacher Interview
After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching
prospect said: "Let me see if I've got this right...
You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every
waking moment with a love for learning.
And I'm supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify
their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor
their T-shirt messages and dress habits.
You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check
their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their
You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair
play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply
for a job.
I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize
signs of anti-social behavior, make sure all students pass the mandatory
state exams, even those who don't come to school regularly or complete any
of their assignments.
Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal
education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap.
And I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, telephone,
newsletter and report card.
All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books,
a bulletin board, a big smile AND on a starting salary that qualifies my
family for food stamps!
You want me to do all of this, and yet you expect me...... NOT TO PRAY???