I just got the following email:
We are currently interviewing for a seventh grade English Language Arts position at E. N. White School in Holyoke, MA. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be interested, please contact me by August 9, 2007, at 413-534-2058 or 413-534-2057 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
I have to admit that for a split second, I had a pang of regret that I am no longer teaching for a living. But, honestly, it was only for a split second. I know very little about the school in particular. I know that they are probably the best funded and situated school in Holyoke. I know the seventh grade curriculum and I know how to tweak it to make it challenging. But, I also know that I sleep better not being a teacher. It’s not teaching that is the problem, it’s the bureaucracy that goes along with it. If this email had come in from a well equipped private or charter school, I might be a bit more tempted. If it had come in from a College or University in the area, I might actually be tempted enough to think about replying.