[nobe-l] being a teacher and compromising on beliefs
missheather at comcast.net
Sun Sep 14 04:49:21 UTC 2014
While you can certainly be a nanny, teaching is a much more secure job and
it pays much better. Furthermore, there is already a shortage of qualified
teachers of blind students so you are much more likely to get a job. The
hiring of nanny's is usually up to parents and most of them do not know
about the abilities of the blind to use alternative nonvisual techniques so
it is likely you would have a difficult time convincing a family to hire
you. Also, the nanny's I know are usually expected to drive the children to
dancing lessons, swimming lessons, birthday parties, soccer and so on.
School districts, on the other hand, are required to function within the
parameters of the Americans With Disabilities Act, (ADA), and would be
required to provide you with reasonable accomodations, such as a driver, if
you were an itinerant teacher.
So, while I'm sure you could perform the duties of a nanny, and even arrange
drivers, I don't believe it would be a worthwhile job for you.
There are lots of other alternatives.
I have heard of one blind nurse so that's a possibility for you. I also know
numerous blind teachers who have thriving tutoring businesses. Others teach
children in their homes, and some who like the younger ones conbine
childcare business with preschool in their home.
I hope this is helpful. You can e-mail me off list if you'd like to discuss
From: Kayla James via nobe-l
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2014 8:23 PM
To: Hyde, David W. (ESC) ; National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing
Subject: Re: [nobe-l] being a teacher and compromising on beliefs
I have another career option in mind for anyone who wishes to answer.
What about becoming a nanny? I'd love to do that as well. There is
also nurse, but I don't know if I'd really be good at that or not. If
someone is in childcare or anything, can you give me advice?
On 9/8/14, Hyde, David W. (ESC) via nobe-l <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Although individual beliefs are very important, it is unprofessional to
> either by intent or by omission, to force them upon a student. Refusing to
> transcribe materials with which you disagree is, at least defacto, an
> attempt at religious conversion, which in public schools, would place you
> an impossible position. Now, to avoid that, you might consider looking for
> jobs in Christian schools. That could solve your problem. Good luck.
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