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Todd wrote

School teachers for example, have one of the most important jobs there is, and yet get poor pay. But thankfully there are many great school teachers who find it rewarding nonetheless and continue on.

I am fed up with these teachers and their hefty salary scales. What we need here is a little perspective. If I had my way, I'd pay these teachers myself. I'd pay them babysitting wages. That's right, -- instead of paying these outrageous taxes, I'd give them $3.00 an hour out of my own pocket. I would only pay them for 5 hours, no lunches or coffee breaks. That would be $15.00 a day -- each parent should pay $15.00 a day for these teachers to babysit their child. Even if they have more than one child, it's still a lot cheaper than private day care. Now, how many children do they teach everyday -- maybe twenty? That's $15 x 20 = $300.00 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay for all those vacations! $300.00 x $180.00 = $54,000.00! (just a minute, I think my calculator needs batteries!) I know you teachers will say what about those who have ten years experience and a Masters degree? Well, maybe (to be fair) they could get the minimum wage, and instead of just babysitting, they could read the kids a story. We can round that off to about $5.00 an hour, times five hours, times 20 children. That's $500.00 a day times 180 days. That's $90,000 ...UH? Wait a minute, let's get a little perspective here. Baby sitting wages are too good for these teachers. Did anyone see a salary scale around here?

Another thought to help you value what teachers do ---

If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 30 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with the same professional excellence for nine months, then that doctor, lawyer, or dentist, if he didn't go mad first, MIGHT have some conception of the classroom teachers job!!

[ April 23, 2002, 08:56 AM: Message edited by: dchan ]
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Everybody stand and give this man an ovation.


May I send this to my local paper?
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By all means. It was not authored by me. It was sent to me from a friend. I asked who wrote it and it was credited to "anonymous"

Damn, That Anonymous is one great writer..
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School Teachers

Let me see if I've got this right.

You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning.

Not only that, I'm to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, behaviorally modify disruptive behavior, and observe them for signs of abuse, drugs, and T-shirt messages.

I am to fight the war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for guns and raise their self-esteem.

I'm to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, how and where to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook and how to apply for a job, but I am never to ask if they are in this country illegally.

I am to check their heads occasionally for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of potential antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and oh yeah, teach, always making sure that I give the girls in my class fifty percent of my attention.

I'm required by my contract to be working - on my own time - summer, evenings, and at my own expense towards additional certification, advance certification, and a master's degree; to sponsor the cheerleaders or the sophomore class; and after school, I am to attend committee and faculty meetings and participate in staff development training to maintain my current certification and employment status.

I am to collect data and maintain all records to support and document our building's progress in the selected state mandated program to "assess and upgrade educational excellence in the public schools."

I am to be a paragon of virtue larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority. I am to pledge allegiance to supporting family values, a return to the basics, and to my current administration.

I am to incorporate technology into the learning, but monitor all web sites for appropriateness while providing a personal one-on-one relationship with each student.

I am to decide who might be potentially dangerous and/or liable to commit crimes in school or who is possibly being abused and I can be sent to jail for not mentioning these suspicions to those in authority.

I am to make sure ALL students pass the state and federally mandated testing and all classes, whether or not they attend school on a regular basis or complete any of the work assigned.

I am to communicate frequently with each student's parent by letter, phone, newsletter, and grade card.

I'm to do all of this with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a 45-minute-or-less plan time, and a big smile -- all on a starting salary that qualifies my family for food stamps in many states.

Is that all?


This one also had no credit given Chalk up another great one by anonymous..

[ April 23, 2002, 10:00 AM: Message edited by: dchan ]
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Thanks, dchan.

I sent both up the pipeline to publication in MT, where we are having to fight for funding from the legislature through a lawsuit brought by a coalition of several school boards.
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