Let me preface this post by saying there are thousands of excellent, caring and skilled teachers in this country, however, for the ones who aren’t making the grade, why shouldn’t they be held accountable? Furthermore, I am growing increasingly tired of hearing teachers whine about how they don’t get paid enough. There is no other union in the world that protects its workforce, whether they deserve it or not, as much as the teacher’s unions. States are going broke paying out pensions for superintendents and teachers who retire in their 50s, only for them to go on to get other jobs and double dip. Who would have thought that the public school system could be so lucrative?
While New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg agreed to close down it’s city’s “rubber rooms”, which are places where teachers spend their day reading magazines and doodling while they collect paychecks because their misconduct prevents them from continuing to teach in the classroom. While the city tries to fire these teachers accused of misconduct, their hands are tied as the unions render them almost complete immunity against termination.
It’s not necessarily that I think teacher’s are paid too much nor do I begrudge them their benefits, I’m just tired of hearing teachers complain about how they’re over-worked and underpaid. Sure, they might have to take work home with them. (Welcome to the real world toots!) Most of America works 8am – 5pm, without extended vacations around holidays, they have to scramble for child care on Columbus Day type “holidays” and teacher institute days. Plus, the vast majority of the working stiffs in this country work all summer. Gasp!
Case in point — my middle school-er had a 5 1/2 day weekend this past weekend for 2 teacher institute days before the weekend and Columbus day after the weekend. Teacher institute (at least in my neck of the woods) are days in which teachers are supposed to be getting caught up on their piles and piles of work. We sent my son’s science teacher an email last Thursday (the school district’s preferred method of parent/teacher contact), on said institute day, to inquire about my son’s grades, the potential for extra credit and to clarify missing assignments. Here it is, almost a week later, with my son doing poorly in science and we’ve yet to receive a response from her.
So, what do you think? Do you think teachers get a bad rap or are you tired of them holding children hostage while they strike for higher pay, as our taxes continue to rise and other countries continue to surpass the U.S. in education and rudimentary skills?
Am I just being totally unfair here? Maybe I don’t understand the extent of their hard work. Perhaps there are some teachers out there that can make me feel better when I see teachers go on strike.
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