I was watching Betty White on “Saturday Night Live” recently and was amazed at her versatility, energy and knowledge of her craft. She was in almost every scene and broke every stereotype of the “little old lady.” It was reported that she partied until 3:00 a.m. at the cast party, and then caught a 6:30 a.m. flight to Los Angeles.
For some reason, I thought about the article about the plight of young teachers in local school districts (TNT, 5-9) who are being transferred from their schools or even laid off because of the seniority system embedded in most teacher contracts.
The suggestion in the article and letters commenting on it was that only young teachers could relate to students and enjoy their affections. Older teachers (those over 30?) were tired, burned out and disengaged. No mention was made of the value of experience, expertise and knowledge of the subject.
Poor Betty. If she applied for a job in a local school district to teach theater, comedy or television writing and mentioned her age (88), her application would probably be relegated to the circular file.