You Get to Fire a Math Teacher
a. The competent geometry teacher who knows not much more than first-semester calculus, one who has quite a lot of charisma.
b. The resident whiz who knows his math stuff — whatever that entails — but lacks so much charisma. Think Steven Hawking.
Ideally, of course, you want a teacher with the both good qualities and neither caveat. Unfortunately, gene splicing our clones is still morally reprehensible.
For another game, switch out “charisma” for “verbal acuity” or “math” for “a subject area lacking a teacher shortage.”
You have absolute control over the fates of these young people. Scratch that — you have absolute control over the fates of these young gentlemen.
To complicate the issue, in staff meeting behavior and non-pedagogical usefulness they are identical, including the wideness of their smile at the perpetually frustrated secretary who really can’t be bothered right now. If ever in the same room, they’ll say exactly the same thing at exactly the same time, discounting intonation, delivery and personality. It’s starting to annoy the department chair.
Hypothetically, who would you fire?
Oh, and don’t worry; they’re math teachers. Their equally qualified selves will get hired somewhere else.