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True story: I spent a year in medical school. To make a long story short, at some point during the year, I felt that I wasn’t as passionate about becoming a doctor as I thought I would be. So I took a year off (the school was fine with this). In that time, I got certified to teach math. The whole eBay thing happened and I got to spend more time working with the Secular Student Alliance. I student taught and had a wonderful experience. Basically, I enjoyed the new life a lot more than the old one, and I told the medical people that I wasn’t coming back.

Somewhere in the process of all this, I needed a job to support myself. A friend told me that she had worked at a high school prior to entering the medical field and she could at least hook me up with an interview.

I got the interview. It was at a Catholic school.

The pay was ridiculous… but I was desperate. I didn’t really care about the religion aspect at the time. Catholic schools didn’t need a teacher to be certified in order to hire them and the school itself seemed like a good environment in which to teach.

The interview went well.

My suspicion is that afterwards, they Googled my name.

I never got the job.

(Or else they just had a better applicant, but that’s not nearly as entertaining a story.)

However, I can now claim the last laugh! In a highly indirect manner…:

Children in Roman Catholic schools make no more progress in reading in the early grades than similar students in public schools, and make even less progress in math, a new study finds.

“I was actually surprised to find the results that Catholic schools are worse in mathematics,” said Sean F. Reardon, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of education and sociology at Stanford University. “But, if Catholic schools aren’t subject to the same accountability requirements as public schools are, then they may not spend as much time on mathematics and literacy.”

Yep. They should’ve hired me…

Oh well. I’ve moved on to the world of public schools where I have to deal with the horror of a livable wage.

(via Rob Boston)

[tags]atheist, atheism, education, math teacher[/tags]