This is the ad that was posted. (I saved it and converted it to a PDF.)
- I'm wary of non-accredited schools. Accreditation carries a certain amount of weight, and the lack thereof says, to me, that certain standards are not being met, both in terms of what students should be learning and in terms teacher requirements (namely an undergraduate education, but also experience; if you're a fresh-out-of-college teacher, your teaching experience is going to be limited to student teaching, but that foundational experience is integral).
- They want a "specific area of expertise" but "no college degree [is] required." How does that work? I realize that one can be an expert in something without a college degree, but that requires a certain level, years, of experience, which most people aren't going to have without a college degree - at least in the subjects this non-school is teaching (business, finance, etc.)
- There is no name of this non-school, and no Website, which means you can't do any research on it. Before I have any interview, I like to Google the company/school and at least get a feel of the land.
- The change of their verbiage also raised an eyebrow (i.e., "our organization" was changed to "our group"). I don't even know where to start with that one.
- Teachers get paid pretty badly to begin with - no one goes into teaching for the money - although one can support oneself quite well. But in this case, the compensation is horrendous, and since "the pay is coming out of [their] own pockets," I foresee there being times when one might not get paid. The math breaks down to potentially $10 an hour for teaching. That's barely better than ringing up a cash register. What kind of quality teachers are you going to get if you pay them that badly?
I could go on, but my brain is on overload. Before I could send the e-mail thanking the Ideator in alerting me of the changes in the ad, withdrawing my application, and wishing them luck in attracting well-qualified, educated teachers (which somehow, I'm doubting will happen), I got another e-mail expressing interest in interviewing me.
This is decidedly not the job for me.