Seems to be painfully easy to get a job as a Latin teacher

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One single line in the Latin Wikipedia on Worcester: "Vigornia sive Wigornia (Anglice: Worcester) est urbs Angliae, caput comitatus Vigorniae, sedes episcopi ecclesiae Anglicanae."

I've written about this subject before, but this article from the BBC today goes into a bit more detail about how hard it is to find Latin teachers, and therefore how ridiculously easy it must be to get a job as one.

Here's why:
For every 35-40 new Latin teachers entering the profession every year, more than 60 were either retiring or opting to do something else, Labour peer Lord Faulkner said in the House of Lords.
The number of non-selective state schools offering Latin had doubled since 2000, she said, while there would be a consultation on Latin's inclusion in the languages diploma next year.
But she stressed: "It is for schools to decide whether it should be included in the curriculum."
Figures published earlier this year showed the number of non-selective state secondary schools in England teaching Latin rose from 200 in 2000 to 471 last year.
In other words, demand is up and teacher supply is way down.


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