I heard someone I know is going to start teaching school, and I thought, “hey, I could do that.”
So I started looking at this Teach for America thing.
At first, it sounded pretty good: teach two years in an area in need. I could totally do that.
So I start the application process.
And they lost me already.
The first thing they want to know about me is my GPA in college- not only the cumulative, but my GPA for each year I was attending. WTF????
Look, I get that it’s important to you that I did OK in school, but I’ve been out of college for over 20 years. What difference does it make what my GPA was each year I was in college? I mean, aside from the fact that I don’t know that information or how to get it, why does that have to be the FIRST thing you have to know about me?
Don’t you want to know my motivation for wanting to teach?
What about all this experience I have in working with people?
Wouldn’t it be a great thing for kids to have somebody like me teaching them. I mean, I’ve been in houses like theirs. I’ve seen the chaos. The poverty. The struggles of people who have faced adversity for years and see no end in sight.
But I don’t know what my GPA was a quarter century ago, so I guess that won’t happen.