So a couple of days ago I received a message from Selena to me and Sasha communicating us that the plea to get us with our diploma into a ranking to get a teacher job was open, if we wanted apply (and she mentioned we should) we had to write to a specific organization and start saving money for the trial, minimum to apply was something about 1000 EUR.
It started a long conversation between Selena and Sara about who to call, how to apply, where to find the money and when they should be sent. I stayed silent for a while then told them that beside the fact I don’t give a shit about teaching, it looked to me a little pricey to apply for something without even being sure it would work (after all you start with a thousand and don’t know where you arrive…and if we think about the fact both of them do not have a job…it is more than just pricey).
Selena answered “I agree but this is the only chance to get into the school world”. I almost choke and answered that “yes it might be the only chance but you have to think about the fact both of you are over thirty never had a unique chance to teach and stopped studying something like 15 years ago, how can you think – in case you will ever succeed with this bullshit – to start all over again and go into a class to teach something?”. Sara agreed with me but added “yes but at least we can get a job and have a revenue from this diploma we have”, Serena added “plus it is your right to get into the ranking with your diploma”.
Some history: the three of us went to the teaching school for different reasons but NONE of us went there for a passion in becaming a teacher, we wanted an easy way to get a piece of paper after school to find a job or our parents didn’t send us to the artistic school which was what we liked or it was just the less bad school closeby home…or the three of them together. At the time we started with that school, five years of studying was enough to became a teacher, today you also need a university degree. We have been the last year with that chance but the politics made it difficult and that’s why a part of people with that diploma are today teachers and another part are not and cannot teach anything.
So I continued saying that if they want to have a public job they can enter the ranking for the post offices not in the school because at least they don’t go to ruin children due to their lack of passion (and let me tell you also culture. Serena might have been an average student, with some smartness in a couple of topics but Sasha was never brilliant at school and has even been flunk out one year!). According to Selena every job can be learnt and you would have time to get yourself ready. To me this is just bullshit, as a teacher you don’t just have to actually teach something you have to transmit love for studying and passion about knowledge and getting a method for some students is not easy.
A long conversation started about our old teachers and we disagreed about the passionated ones and those to be considered good (of course they didn’t like these ones I liked because these teachers were a little bit rude…with them) then I abandoned the conversation because I had enough of discussing and obviously my point of view was not agreed and never would have been.
Unfortunately Italy it is still a place where the kind of job you do matters. If you studied to be a teacher you MUST at least enter the ranking and trying to get the job, even if you were a donkey at school, you never taught anything to anybody in your life and you don’t give a shit about school.
I’m sorry if I’m so naive to say that if one of them would got into my son’s school I would move the kid to another institute because I know them and they are the classic example of doing a job just for the masses. To make your parents happy, to show off that you made it, to say I’m a teacher instead of I’m a waitress. And by the way I have been a waitress as well, and it is a decent, honest job, maybe not well paid but leaving you plenty of free time and getting you to know a lot of people and to come back home tired but with a better feeling than most of nowadays’ office jobs.