It’s hard to argue with Leonard Goldstein’s lamentations about the state of the teaching profession. Although there is no mystery about the reasons for the situation, the solutions are a long way off.
In the meantime, what can anyone considering a career in teaching do in light of all the discouraging factors Goldstein cites? Well, fortunately, there’s an alternative path forward, thanks to a new Indiana statute called REPA 3.
First, get a degree in engineering, which pays new graduates the same as experienced teachers in FWCS. Work as an engineer for a few years while you double your salary with your (measurable) great performance. Next, get promoted to “neophyte executive,” who, under the new law, can get a teaching license just for their “product” knowledge. Now if you think you can “push the buttons” of clueless, indifferent kids and teach the chemistry, physics and calculus you learned in freshman engineering or the rocket science you had to know in your major, go ahead and try. The state will give you a teaching license.
You’ll need to get hired by some school district, of course, which might be tough considering the countless executives and professionals clamoring to take a huge pay cut to suffer the indignities Goldstein mentions. You’ll likely self-deport or be weeded out by the tough new evaluation systems that find as many as 2 percent of Indiana teachers to be incompetent. But you’ll always know the satisfaction of giving back.