This review is about a remedial program for adult learners, CUNY Start, where you work in two classrooms with about 25 students each, for 5-6 hours at a time with a 35 min break (sometimes no break if the lead instructor decides to hold a meeting during that time).
Program is advertised as great for students, it even had a segment on WNYC, where it was said that the students have it great because people are there for you 24/7, but what this really means is staff are spread thin, and compensated little for it.
Some days can be very tough and ungrateful, especially because the co-workers can be passive aggressive and aloof on purpose (adults). The pay is hourly, even for the lead instructors. The curriculum is pretty out there and restrictive. You are only allowed to teach in an inquiry based way, which means you are only allowed to ask questions? Which is going to make you sound like this? All the time?
In all seriousness, it is a well-meaning program. Some instructors choose to overdo it on the social justice, even though this is a test prep program. (They will argue with you that it is not actually a test prep program.) Kind of a mind f*ck but it's like life, you can still make something of it. If you are young, idealistic and have a great paying side job, or wealthy spouse, then this is the right place for you.
Cool Staff Developments, Run By a Central Office in Manhattan
Short Break, No Benefits until 3 Months In, Passive Aggressive Atmosphere