That is to say, I will be graduating in June 2012 with a Masters of Education in Life sciences and Chemistry and will hopefully be able to find a job teaching somewhere. There were about 5 job openings for science teachers in the Dayton area this summer, but how many people entered the job market as a science teacher? Will next year be any better?
Can an open atheist get hired to teach high school in Ohio? That's a good question, and one I don't have a good answer to. I have been debating changing my user information here so it is not so clearly me, but even my Facebook account makes it pretty darn clear where I stand. I can lock that to friends only, but at some point it will come out (maybe my atheist and humanist and equal rights bumper stickers?)
Question is: should I hide this account by changing the name on it? Personally, it makes me feel like a coward, but I also don't want to leave my wife and I without an income...any more so than me being back in school has already done. So, do I continue to stand up for my views and beliefs, or do I hide them and hope it doesn't come up?
For the record, there are a lot of religious people in my program. A LOT. Now, I know that at least one has spoken out for religious tolerance for teachers, but how many more feel that way? I know that the education field is fairly religious, and I know there will be plenty of religious school boards itching to smack down evolution in my classroom and point to my lack of religiosity as to why I can't be "fair and balanced" so what should I do?
Hide? Or stand tall?