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Teaching: The Hand-Me-Down Profession

Hobo Teacher takes offense when his school, with air of magnanimity, informs teachers that they can have their pick of some old desks that have been salvaged from a renovation project:

I've always been a little sensitive about this, but I feel like the perception of teachers is that they will take anyone's crap. It's like we're grateful for anything as long as it is free. I can't help but to think that the conversation at Admin before the e-mail that was sent out went some thing like, "Hey these desks won't fit into the dumpster. What should we do?"

Of course, the desks were all snapped up in a heart beat—but we get the point. ...

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