My solution for the lack of substitute teacher is that anyone involved
in making decisions about our education system should have to sub at least
three days out of the school year...yes they should be qualified to teach as
well as make these decisions.
Maybe some of these critics would realize that our biggest problem is
the lack of a value for education especially in some lower economic homes.
It is the home attitude NOT the family income that matters. No matter how
much money they throw at the schools, if the family life does not support
education then there will be problems.
From: Patricia Knott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, August 04, 2001 12:45 PM
Subject: Re: Job openings - near Boston, MA!
>>> Are these Boston requirements for real ?
>Unfortunately the sub problem is so critical that many states are resorting
>to such methods just to have a body.
>Many of us are restricted or denied attendance at workshops and
>sometimes even field trips, because there are no subs (especially if those
>dates fall on a Friday or a Monday)
>Even when I know I am going to be out weeks ahead of time and our only art
>sub is lined up for me, she is often pulled for a major subject need (here
>we go again, art doesn't matter) and my kids have to go to study hall. I
>can't tell you how annoyed I get when I return and find all the time I
>on plans was wasted time. It's hard to take a day off in education, it
>time to make all those plans and, having been a day to day sub for several
>years I'm very conscientious about how I write those plans. It certainly
>feels like a slap in the face when I find out my art sub was used for math
>Sub pay stinks! It is hard to find people with education degrees willing
>make the financial sacrifice, especially the youngsters just graduated and
>looking for a position.
>I don't think I would have found my current position if I hadn't been a
>I entered teaching 20 some years after getting my degree and felt it was
>best way to get current experience. I also had a part time job and
>free-lanced while I subbed - there was no way I could have afforded living
>on sub wages ( in fact all my sub money only paid for my health insurance.)
>If I had been a recent graduate I couldn't have done it.
>I think this is a crisis and I'm in the company of every one else with no
>Subbing is awful. Phone calls at 5:30 AM sending you to places you've never
>been. Walking into a strange school with only a secretary who points you in
>a direction. Sometimes finding NO plans or unitelligible plans, or plans
>that take a lot for granted, not knowing the kids and knowing they think a
>sub is permission to try to get away with everything they can get away
>sometimes not getting a free period because administration thinks they can
>use you for every coverage, and worst of all going into the faculty room
>being treated like you don't exist. I can't tell you how many places I went
>into where NOBODY ever offered a hello, let alone an offer of do you need
>any help. Sometimes I felt I had never been treated so rudely in my life.
>I'll never forget the time a teacher (only out for a day) wanted me to
>unload and load his kiln. Stupid me, at $45.00 a day, stayed after school
>I think I could design a workshop on sub orientation/ sub survival skills,
>Hey maybe that's where I'll make my money