Saturday, March 13, 2010

Redux: more thoughts on the missed career-switch to teaching


I’ve talked about whether I could have become a teacher before here, but another wrinkle occurs to me.

The “No Child Left Behind” law was passed in 2001. By early 2002, when I was in outplacement after my layoff from my last IT job and still in Minneapolis, the outplacement company ought to have gathered together the information on a career switch to teaching. (The law actually took effect in 2002.) It could have gathered information like (1) which states allow substitute teachers to work without a license and (2) the cost and time required by state to get licensed, and (3) the practicality of pursuing secondary education only (no elementary or special) and (4) the practicality of pursuing upper level courses only (like teaching AP calculus in high schools, which I could have done).

Studio teaching in the movies could have been an intriguing idea, but that requires an elementary license. Most states license elementary and secondarily separately.

With this information, I might have made different plans (as early as 2002) than I did. Hindsight is always comforting, isn’t it. Of course, with the state budget cuts now, not doing this might sound good, but there were some good years.

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