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I was interested in how many schools' representatives were so busy visiting
with each other they totally ignored the job seekers. I was also interested
in the cattle-call interview process. When my last chatty, very
complimentary, very "on" interviewer finished the questions he was reading
to me off of a list, he just said "okthanks", turned to a guy sprawled on a
bench and said "hey Leonard, that it for the day". No more eye contact, no
handshake. Wow. I was still sitting there, but no longer existed, just
thinking "why would I want to work for this guy?"
But mostly I was fascinated by the difference between how Oklahoma and Texas
schools talked about art.
Let me tell you Texas teachers - the men representing you at teacher job
fairs are mighty mighty proud of youall. Even when they told me they weren't
hiring, they went on and on and on and in excruciating detail about how
great you are. (who do we have from Richardson? Wichita Falls?) But the
person from a large urban OK district sighed heavily, rolled her eyes at me
and groaned something about how they were currently evaluating whether or
not to take art seriously so weren't hiring any art teachers. Only one OK
school could talk art, and they are proud of their program, but then told me
they were cutting half their staff.
I'm glad I went. Texas REALLY sold itself well.