While we are waiting for JECA to get going… This week I started a new job slightly outside my comfort zone. Last week I went to the local public school district and inquired about a position as a substitute teacher in the system. I listed 5-12 grades as my preference. Well, before I could leave the building, they had told me about a new position and the next day they offered it to me…and they made it really hard to say no.
I now teach 5 year old Kindergarten.
At the Ashland City Elementary School, there are six Kindergarten classrooms with about 20 kids each. They handpicked the six worst-behaved kids in the lot and sent them to me.
On the bright side, I have two aides, only spend 3 1/2 hours in the building total per day, spend more than one of those hours at lunch and recess, have an out if I want to stop teaching in a week or two months, only have to drive a mile or less to school, and have a great support system of teachers and administrator and other staff at my disposal.
On the duller side, I now teach six crazy Kindergartners with a curriculum that I have never known, and it has been a crazy week. Come see me. I have the loud classroom at the end of the hall.
The biggest change from private to public school [and this is the first time I have ever been in public education other than for driver's ed...which was appalling enough], is that I am so limited to train them in a theologically appropriate way. Also, there is practically no discipline exerted by anyone on these students as is exhibited in their behavior.
I’m not sure how long it will last. I struggle with the limitations that are on me. I don’t see Christianity being opposed in the school because most of the faculty I have interacted with would profess Christ, but if I am not allowed to acknowledge Christ in all my ways, not allowed to give hope to my students about their sinful states, then why am I here other than to make money? I struggle with this at the same time that I acknowledge that, yes, this is a valid and valuable place to do missions.
Ergh. I’m still thinking through it. I guess I need to wonder if the culture of this city is going to be better or worse by my taking the position.