Prospective Teacher Interview


After being interviewed by the school administration,
the prospective teacher said:
Let me see if I've got this right.

You want me to go into that room with all those kids and...
correct their disruptive behavior
observe them for signs of abuse
monitor their dress habits
censor their T-shirt messages
instill in them a love for learning
check their backpacks for weapons
wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases
raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride
to check their heads for lice
recognize signs of antisocial behavior
to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps
communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

You want me to teach them
patriotism and good citizenship
sportsmanship and fair play
how to register to vote
how to balance a check book
how to apply for a job.
and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board,
a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this and then you tell me . . . I Can't Pray!

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