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Monday, August 27, 2012

Don't become a teacher

Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Every time I hear another student who has chosen to pursue a teaching degree because their arts/fashion/general science/kinesiology/communications/languages/whatever won't get them immediate employment, a little part of me dies. The CBC, Canadian press and various other media outlets have tried to warn people over the years that there is a critical teacher surplus, as in there are NO jobs. There are critical surpluses of grads all over the country, and getting your foot in the door has become a cut-throat endeavour.

There haven't been available jobs for years, and in Nova Scotia, they are cutting positions (lack of funding, declining student populations), making an attempt to become a teacher not unlike attempting to become a famous actor (read: it ain't gonna happen). Currently, Halifax has about 1400 substitute teachers, and more come from teacher colleges every year, trying to get into the system. The crooked teacher colleges whistle and look away when the dismal statistics appear in national media and colleges all over Canada continue to recruit and pump out grads, knowing well that their graduates will have no job prospects and massive debts that they will never be able to pay, facing 3-5 years or more of unemployment and struggle.

I was one of those folks who was lied to, back in 2004. I was told about these magical "shortages" and that "there will be retirements." I finished my degree in 2006, and I still don't have a permanent job. In my years of struggle, I've seen idealistic friends ignore the stats and go into teaching because fuck it. I warn them how bad it is and they call me cynical. Within a year or so, they are bitching and moaning that they can't find work, stuck with debts and frustrations, having ignored the warnings.

When the hell is the government going to stop the crooked practice of reeling in education students and taking their cash, training them for a career with no future? Oh, and added bonus: Now that there are 100s of people applying for each position on offer, and ten people to take your job if you ever complain, guess what's happening to our ability to negotiate our rights?

Don't be a teacher because you want job security. It's not going to happen. And piss off, education faculties, for your goddamn lies to recruit us. —An Unemployed Chalkboard Idealist

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