This article does not condone prostitution in any form but asks whether someone entering the teaching profession could benefit from advice given by prostitutes into ways of selling themselves and their services.
Applying for my first few jobs as a teacher was really easy. All I had to do was look through the job ads, send off a CV and covering letter, fill in an application form and hope to get called for interview. At the interview, there’d be 3 or 4 people on a panel asking me questions, which I would try to answer as best I could. At the end of the day, or maybe a few days later, I’d hear whether or not I’d got the job.
Nowadays, of course, things seem rarely to be quite so simple. In applying for a new job, a teacher may have to go through several rounds of interviews, perform (I think that’s the best word) a demo lesson, and even hope that the pupils give a good report of him!
As if that weren’t bad enough, just recently I have noticed another new trend. Parents, and even students, have been asking to see the CVs of teachers in order to determine if the teacher and the school are good enough to teach their child! I kid you not, I have even seen students asking to see a teacher’s CV.
In the past, a school’s reputation and its ability to attract students was determined by its location and its name. Then, of course, results and league tables were introduced supposedly as a way for parents to tell a good school from a poor one. Well, I guess by now, parents and students have learned that such tables are not really good indicators. So now a school needs to attract students by advertising the quality of its teachers.
So it might seem only a short step away from the day when teachers will have to ‘sell themselves’ to schools, to parents and to students and hope that they are attracted by the services they offer.
So maybe the day is not far off when a teacher could take valuable advice from prostitutes as to the best ways of selling themselves and their services!