So you want to go into teaching, but you know that a public school isn’t the place for you as you have heard about these innovation-free zones where iron-clad union contracts prohibit teachers from staying after school. This fact, by the way, is documented by the forthcoming documentary film, “Won’t Back Down.” Well, there is good news. No longer do you have to settle for a LIFO life of low standards. Now, thanks to the MATCH Teacher Residency Program you can become a MATCH teacher and say goodbye to mediocrity forever.
Our program’s mission is to create “jaw-droppingly good” first-year teachers. Like, the best you’ve ever seen, ever. And we only have about 60 days in which to do it. In other words, in about 3 months time, spread over most of a year, we have to get our trainees from near-zero teaching skills/knowledge to, “WOW, that guy is amazing!…WHAT? He’s a first-year teacher? There are only two words for that: SERIOUSLY SHOCKING!”
What, you say? It sounds too good to be true? Well I suggest that you pour yourself a stiff drink—I’m recommending the Periodista today in honor of the real journalists we once had—and toast to the new paradigm. You see young reader, once upon a time there were these things called subjects and teachers had to first learn about them before embarking on their quest for life-long job guarantees. Fortunately, those days are over.
We are mainly training teachers for urban, No Excuses charter schools. Schools like Match, Roxbury Prep, Boston Collegiate, Edward Brooke, Boston Prep, KIPP, Achievement First, Uncommon Schools, Etc. Because we are training teachers to teach in a specific context, we are freed up to be much more specific and prescriptive in our training. That is, we can say, “We’re going to train you how to give a demerit correctly,” and it works because most of the schools we’re sending people to have a demerit or demerit-like management system. We can say, “You have to care about posture,” and it matches up with the expectations of most of the schools our people will end up in.”
I will let you consume the rest of MATCH’s outstanding marketing materials for yourself as I am now reading with one eye closed, if you know what I mean. For those of you who are currently enrolled in public schools or teaching there and hence cannot read at all, I recommend the following outstanding video of MATCH teachers in action. While you will not have the opportunity to see them issue demerits or witness their students’ remarkable posture, the video is eye opening nonetheless. You see, by by the end of this video, two thirds of these “jaw-droppingly good” teachers have quit–and another clearly has her eye on the door. Or as MATCH might say, There are only two words for that: SERIOUSLY SHOCKING!