As we beginning a new year - that is getting ready for another school year at Sharkey Support. The idea of hiring versus recruiting is being tossed around. I know that a lot of people use those terms interchangeably, but they are not.
Recruiting is to raise a force by enlistment (which means to enter a cause or secure services for a cause) HOWEVER, hiring is to engage a service for wages.
I have discovered that maybe our problem in teaching is that we are hiring people to fill a service for a wage. We need raise a force for the cause of education. yes, you read that right. RAISE a FORCE for the CAUSE of EDUCATION.
Teaching is not just a job to fill for a wage. We need to find those that are passionate, encourage & mentor them to grow into the lifelong learners that we covet in education.
Recently, I have been going through growing pains as a business, normal and lesson filled. I have learned that there are some of the following kinds of people looking for teaching jobs:
Here is what I haven't seen and maybe it is just volume to find the right fit: a person who believes in the children and has a passion for special needs education. Now, I do understand that we can find those in the school boards, so they do exist! But still not every special needs or classroom teacher can say that they believe and have a passion.
There is an argument that this goes beyond the idea of recruiting to workload and class size, however, I think it needs to begin at the gate. Let's RECRUIT our teachers. Let us weed out those who lose their passion or never had it in the first place. Let's change it from a luxury to reality - we don't just need a warm body to fill a classroom position, we need passion for what we do.
I think that recruiting will help us innovate, improve and move ahead in the world. I think recruiting will give us the edge that we are looking for in the world of education. But most important, I think recruiting will provide a workforce that blows through the politics and works for the students in the way that fits each individual best.
This year, I am recruiting! I may not be an entire school board as a testing ground for my theory, but I think there will be an improvement in my students for my effort.
Think about it next time you go to a teacher or a doctor or a lawyer - do you want someone HIRED for the job? How about someone RECRUITED to the cause?