So I’ve been a teacher for two years in a wonderful district that really aligned with my values and philosophy of education. This month I resigned because my SO was relocating. I was offered a job last week at a school. I really liked their staff and administration, but many of their philosophies and policies did not align with mine (their grading policies, grade weights, retake policies, common assessments etc). I just don’t agree with them. I would also have to follow them as they want their departments to all be on the exact same page. There are many aspects of my teaching that I am very passionate about and having to follow these policies would mean compromising many of these beliefs of what I believe is right, fair and equitable. Other aspects seem great: the collaboration, the community, the administration, the classes I would teach. So basically I have two questions, is this difference in philosophies enough of a reason to decline? Is it unwise to decline any teaching job during this climate (ie will there be any more jobs)?