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Yes Leon, I did know what I signed up for when I became a teacher. I have been at it much longer than the author, but what the public doesn't realize is that many districts have pulled a bait and switch when it comes to salaries. The earning potential I signed on for can never be attained because my district instituted a new salary schedule. Anyone else would call this a bait and switch, but in the "s@#$w the teacher" mentality that exists out there John Q. Public thinks we are just whiny teachers.
Bottom line - any person who believes the job they do has value should be striving to get a raise. If one works without ever asking for a raise (just taking what the boss gives them) then I question how much they value their own work.
By the way, Leon, are you as down on firefighters as you are on teachers? You know they get a lot of days off. What about nurses who work 3 twelve hour days and get paid for 40 hrs. That means they only work about 156 days a year. What about pilots who fly twice a week. Leaves them a lot of free time, maybe you should look into that. 3 months ago
Common sense. W gave all the surplus back to us, fought 2 wars (whether you agreed or disagreed... we had the wars) and created homeland security and TSA all while cutting taxes. No war bonds, no sacrifice at home, no rationing, no commitment from the American people. Just huge deficits to show for it.
It's akin to the people who bought the most house they could qualify for, then maxed out all the credit cards to furnish it, bought two new cars, and the wife quit her job. They atm'd the house a couple times to keep up the payments on all the debt, and then blamed the back for foreclosing.
I am all for smaller govt. But we need to realize there is a price to be paid for smaller govt. Everyone wants something from the govt (SSI,Social Security, Medicare, section 8 housing, utility subsidies, roads, parks, schools, police, fire, natl parks, etc) but everybody thinks the other guy should be the one to pay for it.
Final note, everyone should have to pony up - including the 47% that pay no taxes now. They too should have to contribute - if not in dollars then in service to their country.4 months ago
Larry who Cares:
Always interesting when folks say run it like a business. Oh how I wish we could. Trouble is educating children is not a business it is an endeavor, project, goal, process, etc. Example: If I am building a house I order roof trusses from a vendor. If they show up at the job sight warped, wrong size, wet, split or misnailed I send them back. I can refuse to accept the inferior materials that will never lead to a quality finished product.
In education we don't do that (thankfully). I take whatever student walks through the door regardless of their deficiencies, special needs, shortcomings, or lot in life. The day I can turn students away from the free quality public education that is offered at my school will be my last day. That would be running it like a business. It would meaning turning away children, who, through no fault of their own, may never be a great finished product. They are human beings.
Private schools pick the students that they want to educate. They are a business and are run as such. They get results because they start with better raw materials. They have a say in who attends their school. Public schools are just that public. If our goal as a society is to maintain an educated populace, then we take all comers. But if our goal is to educate only the capable students then we can run it like a business. I guess the fundemental question is: Is education a right or a privelege? When one answers that question much is learned about them. 5 months ago
Leon, you seem bitter. Why is it that you never mention that I have contributed handsomely to the retirement system that I am a part of. When I signed on to be a teacher I knew that I would never make the wages I could have made in the private sector. When I complain about teachers getting low wages people like you say, "You knew what you were getting yourself into." You're right. And the retirement system was one of the things I got myself into. My employer matches my contributions much like a private company does with a 401k. (Wait. You are gonna tell me that private industry doesn't match. Maybe you shoud find a different emloyer.) The contributions gain interest. After 30 years I have roughly 425K in the retirement system. Not small feat. Give us some credit for contributing to our own retirement.
5 months ago
The money can't be used for "administrators." It is bond money for capital - not salaries. Another example of an uninformed John Q. Public taking a shot at public education. 6 months ago
175k. Sounds great to me. But...the teacher is not the only thing that the students get for that 175k. It totally discounts a myriad of things that impact that child's education. There is a library, cafeteria, building upkeep, buses, a nurse, textbooks, technology, custodians, security, cafeteria workers, an auto shop with lifts and tools, a welding shop, wood shop, sports equipment (for programs that the public wants every bit as bad as the students do),. Totally ignores all of the support staff and equipment needed to run the schools like: mechanics shop, information systems to keep technology running (an entire dept that did not even exist 20 years ago and must come out of the same budget as 20 yrs ago), plumbers, painters, electricians, carpenters, floor crew, outreach for homeless students(yes, we do care about educating every child no matter the circumstance or disability)
Haven't even mentioned NCLB that was a gift from the party of small govt that added regulation which has become an unfunded mandate. It is expensive and hasn't delivered what it promised.
I could go on and on. Bottom line...175 k is a gross oversimplification. What about the special needs class that has 1 teacher and 3 instructional assisstants to attend to 10 students. (Yes, we deliver a quality free publication to ALL students) Sort of blows away the 175k prophecy. We still believe that art, p.e., music, and library are meaningful - all of which 175k ignores. Also, totally ignore sped students who never have a 28 to 1 ration.
John Q. Public uses public education as a punching bag. It is easy. Everybody thinks they know about education because 30 years ago they were in a classroom. Having been a patient doesn't make me qualified to be a doctor. Or to make a truly qualified assessment of the doctors knowledge and skills. RIDICULOUS!6 months ago
#A1 No, I am not bitter, senile, disenchanted, angry, hurt, regretful, jealous, or dumb. I just believe in educating people. A free public education for everyone is one of the greatest things about our country. Education is, after all, our best defense against tyranny. That said, it gets old listening to people who have not been inside a school since they were a student bash on education.
#1 Schools have to pay for many things that did not exist in the past. For example, information technology and educational technology are entire departments that did not exist 20 years ago. Capital outlay used to be for a chalkboard - now it is a smartboard, computer, document camera, and projector. Teachers are not crying for this stuff - the public is. They do it in the name of competitiveness.
Some schools still have a police officer. Another expense that was not there when I went to school.
The price of gas is 4-5 times what it was 20 years ago.
There are other examples too, but the bottom line is that funding for schools has not kept up with the changes in the educational environment. Finally, the state took over building schools, cut funding to the districts accordingly, then promptly failed to fund building and maintenance so that has also fallen back on the local districts.
#2 The assessed value of a house is not the same as the market value!!
#3 More time is spent now on "core subjects" than in the last 20 years. Look at the graduation requirement and you'll see that there is very little room for a student to take elective courses. Ask an elementary teacher when they last took a field trip - or did anything not directly related to a performance objective. Go learn about the 4 hr ELD requirement, the 90 minute reading block with another 30 minutes of intervention/enrichment, the common core math standards, state standards for ELA and you'll see that there really isn't all of this time for the social and cultural diversification you speak of.
#4 "They are trying to offer everything from cultural to social diversification." Show those to me in the course catalogue - I can't seem to find them.
7 months ago