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pencil-918449_640I learned something last week… One of the office workers at our school district’s office is working on his doctorate. And he used to be a teacher and the headmaster of a school.

I found out because of a newspaper article.

You think you know somebody.

I’m glad he’s getting his doctorate, but it’s more than just a little sad that he should spend so many years of his life sitting at a desk in an office when his previous life was filled with educating people.


From partnershipforrefugees.org/employment

There’s a whole lotta knowledge he has that has not been fully used.


Since moving to Vermont, I have heard of doctors who now run hospital janitorial services.

I once knew a woman who worked as a multilingual liaison for our school. Her husband used to be a dentist. Now he works at a factory.

And on Saturday, I heard of a para-professional, a teacher’s assistant job that one can get with just a high school diploma, who used to be a teacher in his own right, who has multiple courses he took online from the camp where he used to live.

They are grateful for the jobs they have. But I think everyone would be better served by having them be employed at least closer to their educational experiences.

I hope that we will be moving in that direction.

There are some groups working on this, but I wish it were more organized and prevalent.

A story in the USA Today pullout of our local newspaper talked about regions with shrinking populations. Baby Boomers are getting older, and there is nobody to replace them. Of our population growth, the article says that 45% of it can be attributed to legal immigration. You can see the article here:

Americans aren’t having as many kids: 8 states post population loss http://usat.ly/2ifcTnm via @usatoday

It’s kind of funny, but most of those states that are on the list of losing population in that article are the same ones that don’t want Syrians. Because they are different and strange and not Christian and wear head scarves.

It’s time to look past our prejudices.

It just makes economic sense.


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