age discrimination?

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  1. MrT

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    I have a uncle who got his degree in education 30+ years ago. He choose to sell insurance instead of teaching and retired a couple years ago. Like many retiree's he just didn't have the money to support his family even after retirement, so he works two full time jobs just to make ends meet. One as a janitor another as a study hall supervisor.

    He only needs 6 credits of college to renew his teaching licence. He would be paid more money and be working less if he did this. He insists he doesn't have the time to go back to school and no one would hire a 60 year old teacher. He tells me even though age discrimination isn't suppose to be a factor, many older people have difficulty finding any job because of their age.

    I am mad at him for not even trying. Age discrimination is probally true, but he should at least give himself a chance!

    Any suggestions how to motivate him? What to tell him?
     
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    Surely he has enough credits to sub?

    Depending on his certification area he MIGHT get hired somewhere but keep in mind teaching can be very physically demanding, emotionally exhausting...he may just feel he isn't up to it.
    You said, "He would be paid more money and be working less if he did this."- think back to your first year as a teacher (which this would be for him) sure the actual hours AT WORK might be shorter but what about the hours of planning, paperwork, assessment...

    Could he go back to insurance work? 60 is still relatively young- maybe banking?

    Don't get mad at him- I know you have his best interests at heart but he might be right. The only 60 year old teachers I know are almost ready to retire. And after 5 -10 years at best of teaching he really is going to be on the fringe of being to old for it and still won't qualify for full retirement? How about sped para jobs? How do they pay in your area?
     
  4. Mr. M

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    There's a gal in my district who started teaching a couple of years ago...in her mid-fifties. The only drawback (in the eyes of employers) will be longevity. Can your uncle say to some degree of certainty that he'll do this for at least five or six years?
     
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    We have some retire-rehire employees at our school. They were former first grade teachers and are now the reading specialists. Every year, they re-interview for the same position and always get it. So...it is possible. Couldn't he take a couple of classes or workshops to renew his certificate? He could sub while he is doing that. ;)
     
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    Both CzaCza and Teachingmomof4 have mentioned subbing, a viable option to determine whether the classroom is really for him.
     

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