Do you want to know what shocked me the most when I started teaching in a High School? It wasn’t the workload (although that was, indeed, profoundly shocking, and still is over 5 years later). It wasn’t the intensity. It certainly wasn’t the students – they often startle me but rarely shock (try harder, people!).
It was the casual acceptance of teachers teaching subjects they aren’t qualified to teach.
This is normal.
This is an accepted fact of life.
This is SO VERY WRONG. Here’s how it happens: Funding. We don’t have enough. Not nearly enough. And because of that funding squeeze, schools can only afford to hire precisely as many teacher bodies as they have teaching slots to fill. This means that someone who is hired to teach, say, English, may also wind up teaching Science, simply because there was one science slot to fill and only the English…
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