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unimpressed 1/22/2017

Like a few others contributing to this thread, I also worked for this organization for a brief stint. Basically, I needed money to finish my bachelor's degree and then earn my master's degree. I am currently an English Language and Literature PhD candidate at University of Michigan and am training to be a professor of literature. I took the job because the pay was better than most places in my rust belt home town in Indiana, and it was (so I thought), related to my professional training. I must say that the entire time I worked for this place I dreaded going to work because I felt so disingenuous when interacting with students and parents. As another person mentioned, I was asked to travel to Florida for a training session, and as soon as I got there red flags were raised that there was something off about this place. They handed us literal scripts masquerading as lesson plans, a subtle reminder that the vast majority of people in the room (myself included), were not qualified to be taking on a teaching position. The few people in the room who did have actual experience as teachers were largely discouraged from bringing any of their skills to the table which might alter the scripts. When someone expressed concern about the price of the materials we were being asked to peddle to our students and their parents, we were told to just emphasize the value of what they were getting for their money (which was a few flimsy paper back books and some relatively useless phonics workbooks). The classes themselves were not challenging for most students, and met too few times per week to have any real impact. Most parents walked away feeling cheated, and I felt like an awful person because I knew that they were being cheated. I sold their bullshit because I needed the money, but I never mention having worked for them to my current colleagues because honestly, I don't feel great about having been associated with this scam. Just take your kids to the library in the summer and help them choose books that they will enjoy! more
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