I recently came across an advertisement for teachers in the Compton Unified School District (LA County). In case you aren't aware, Compton is one of the most dangerous areas of LA, along with Boyle Heights and Watts. What was interesting about the employment ad was that they evidently are having a difficult time attracting teachers and were really using the green stuff to motive educators to come in. For example, this listing offered a salary of $63,000 to $83,000 (depending on years experience and education) plus a $17,000 bonus and a promise of a 3% increase within the school year.
I thought to myself, WOW, what a mission field! Right here in America… Gangs, troubled children, what more could a teacher want if their purpose was to make a difference? Right? Well, evidently no one within the 2,000 mile radius agreed with me. "One" whose voice travels thousands of miles, said "a white girl from the south wouldn't last there one day".
I still believe it's a great opportunity for someone with the right motive to step in and give it all they've got. It is an incredible mission field right here in our backyard. It's not always all about teaching, its about helping those in need, so that they can learn and succeed in life.