Ok, here’s my first real attempt at starting a thread–and it is one that I may or may not personally participate in; i’m just throwing this out for discussion.
A Christian school contacted the university placement office, asking for help in finding a 'qualified English teacher." The requirements were…a BA in English. Private schools in California are not required to hire credentialed teachers.
The head of the Education department contacted me. She is aware of my goals, and thought that this would be a perfect fit for both the school and for me; it would allow me to teach and continue my doctoral studies, and allow me to do what I have always wanted to do; design and implement an online high school writing curriculum that parents can use both with charter schools and with home schooling, that lets them incorporate their own religious and ethical beliefs. Perfect, she thought…so she told me about the job opening. I contacted the principal of the school, and she was very interested to talk to ME. After all, it would be huge pay cut for me (half…) and she would be getting a “highly qualified” teacher, fully credentialed, when all she was asking for was someone with a BA.
(“highly qualified” is a specific legal term, not bragging.)
So…I sent her my resume and dropped by the office to pick up an application. On the second page is a 'Statement of Faith" that I must either agree with or explain any problems I have with it.
I won’t include the whole thing, but suffice it to say that neither a Catholic nor a Mormon could sign it–though the Catholic would have one less item to quibble with than a Mormon does–or perhaps the Catholic would differ with different points (shrug). The point is, if that statement of faith is a deal breaker, I needn’t even finish the application.
So here’s the question: if you were the principal of that school, and had a chance to hire a highly educated, experienced teacher that would make your WASC score go way up for half of what she would get in the private sector, and that teacher promised NOT to bring her own religion into the English classroom, would you turn that down because she was LDS?
I have no idea whether this particular principal will do this or not…her reaction isn’t really at issue. I’d like to see what YOU think–and why.
(and oh, forget that the applicant is, well…me. )