DAY 14 :: TGIF :: 2 worked days on 14

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Friday, October 12th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

TGIF: Thank God, it’s Friday! Friday, in my book, likely is the day of the week that offers the most chances of a school needing me, so as to replace a missing teacher: that’s not a scientific statement, just a wishful guess, which also hopes that by the end of the day, I’ll have worked three days on 14 working days, rather than only two… It’s 6:05 in the morning…

It’s now 7h40; no call yet, but I had a huge breakfast and I’m ready to go TO WORK… When I was in México, for a total of a year and a half or so, I worked every day I chose to work; although I often knew the day before what work I would do the next morning, Zapotecos Indians often came to my “house” in the early morning to require my help on punctual tasks: harvesting this, planting that, building a chair or a house, etc. Whatever it was, amongst the poorest people in México, there always was work to do; here, in Quebec, however, after SEVEN years of University, a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees and even after passing THE interview and being hired, I was given two days of work on 14 working days: I’m indeed not counting neither Saturdays, nor Sundays, nor Thanksgiving…

The least I can say is that I am in a worrisome situation? And they wonder why they lose so many new teachers in their first year of possible employment! Right now, in Quebec, there are over 200 people teaching ESL with NO diploma to do so: « bien pire, 159 diplômés du cégep et 22 personnes ne possédant qu’un diplôme d’études secondaires (DES) ont aussi enseigné dans les écoles de la province. Plusieurs détenteurs de DES, ¬¬ diplômes d’études secondaire ¬¬, ont dirigé des classes de musique, alors que d’autres l’ont fait en anglais langue seconde et en adaptation scolaire, » selon cet @rticle paru dans la Cyberpresse.

That same @rticle also mentions that in 2006-2007, 220.5 people taught English, as a second language, without a license to do so: I made myself a $50,000 debt and studied seven years, so that I may teach English, be useful, pay back my debts, AND WORK, so as to reach a level of living other than the misery of minimum wage or its close relatives… However, the fact is that so far, I didn’t even work for two days, on 14 possible working days: it’s 9h; likely nobody will call me today for any substitute teaching…

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