Too young to teach

originally titled, “young, unqualified and unconnected—and (judged) inept”.

for once, i wish that people would not look at my age, appearance, lack of powerful and celebrated connections, non-existent reference letters or modest qualifications, and give some credit to a willingness to teach—i wish they’d turn down my application for a teaching position by dismissing my poor portfolio or blasting me for poorly prepared courseware (or: a poor attitude even). but no, this is what i heard today, again: “you don’t have a master’s degree, and..

(drawn in a metro train, over one hour, mostly not seated, while returning to work after an conversation/interview for a visiting faculty position.)

perhaps my attitude is the problem; this rant does seem to prove that, doesn’t it?