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Peaches Pears
 
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:06 PM
 
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Ageism happens at both ends of your teaching career.

I was asked frequently. It did get annoying.
One, who I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw her, asked often.

Generally I would say something along the lines "Oh my goodness. I have at least 7 more years. I took time off when my kids were young and we still have kids at home and in university."
Sometimes I said "Seven more years. But if anything changes, don't worry, you will be the first to know."

Basically they did not care or even listen to the answer.
I gave the same answer for at least 5 years. Nobody noticed my answer never changed.
Right up until the day I handed my retirement letter in I was telling folks "Seven more years."

By coincidence I was out for lunch last week and little Miss When-Are-You-Retiring was sitting at the next table. I know she is clearly charting her plan for a principal appointment. I retired about 8 years ago so I think she would be approaching 48-50 years old by now.
I so wanted to go over and say "Hello. Great to see you. Is this your last year? You must be ready for retirement by now."

I didn't. I was mature. I have regretted it all week.


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