Teaching in Robocity – The Dilemma

Our community began to accept outsider teachers in 2003, when the Robocitans demographics started to spiral upward and our ‘in-house’ experts no longer sufficed to the number of classrooms that had to be formed.

We were forced to start hiring outsider teachers.

The problem our first Leaders had to face was multifaceted:

  • How would the new teachers get paid for their work?
  • What if the Robocity budget was too low to allow for a decent retribution?
  • What would these people think of entirely robotic classrooms?
  • What if a non-monetary retribution was offered, instead?

It was a dilemma. Three teachers were hired that year that soon abandoned their positions because they would not stand working ‘for free’ (as they defined working 3 hours a week for €300/month) when they could get better paying jobs elsewhere. How to blame them? They were right! But Robocity has always been a poor community: teaching here means volunteer work, and our previous Leaders made it crystal clear since the first day, during the interviews.

Today we still have teachers who come here thinking we’d offer who knows how much money. NO. We can’t afford that. We couldn’t in the past, and we can’t now. We have some wonderful outsider teachers who truly care about Robocitans, in fact they often come to Robocity on Saturdays to tutor our students. BUT they’re a sad minority.

What we did with the 2011 Reform was trying to concentrate every education effort inside Robocity, not outside. Many Robocitans have come to us asking for advice on how to become teachers, and you know we’re thrilled to have them on the edu board! That also means that we won’t be hiring outsider teachers anymore, unless they made a specific request to volunteer as teachers in Robocity.

Volunteer, your read it right.

As sad and close-minded as it might sound, it was the only practicable option. Until a better future will come.

~ Megatron S. (Leader)

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