The job I lost
I was as a teaching assistant and the reason I lost this job is not like the ordinary unemployed, I lost my job because I reported a teacher for hitting a child. Since I was fairly new to the Department of Education (three years) and the teacher has been teaching for 11 years, you figure it out. I was fired.
What it's like being unemployed
Being unemployed is being dependent all over again and it really feels crappy. I went to college at the late age of 44 years old to become a NYC teacher. All of my hard work was ended after 4 years of college and $50,000.00 in student loans because I dared to speak up for the children.
Being unemployed puts me right back to where I started 10 years ago, seeking Public Assistance, and rent arrears, living without electricity and little or no food.
They not only fired me but they also have me on their secret little black list which they call an ineligible list for employee misconduct. They find it employee misconduct to report wrong doing by a teacher who has tenure. So, because of this list it has been impossible for me to find employment.
- I have learned that it does not pay to speak up.