Monday, May 23, 2005

People who don't know what they are talking about

1. Teachers who think we make too little money. It's not that we make too little money, it's that some teachers are greedy. Also, the government takes too much of our money.

2. People like this idiot (people, note today's date and time. I rarely mock republicans. Maybe I should do so more often....) who think teachers have it easy.

I cordially invite anyone who thinks we do to take my grade 6 class for an hour and have them learn something and enjoy learning by the end of it.


Blogger deaner said...

The unfortunate truth is that good teachers are underpaid. Good teachers work hard and usually put in a pretty long day between their official teaching time, preparation, helping students, and assisting in extra-curricular activities. Bad teachers, on the other hand, are overpaid - they don't do much other than their posted hours, they don't put in the effort or time to prepare well, and their students suffer for it.

The biggest crime is that (at least here) the teacher's union does every thing possible to prevent the identification of good teachers, for fear that it will also allow the identification of bad teachers.

12:10 p.m.  
Blogger Warwick said...

Teachers may work hard when you're there but the only people in society who have more time off are professors (who are most certainly overpaid.)

10 weeks in the summer? Two weeks at Christmas? March Break? Most people who don't get 3 weeks of vacation a year get 2.

As for PD days, most people get to do personal AND professional developement on their own time.

Most teachers I talk to give the same standard line as you are giving: "you try dealing with all those kids." Well, if you have a problem dealing with children, then teaching them may not be your best carrier choice. No one forced you into teacher's college. I wouldn't want to collect garbage but that doesn't automatically mean they're underpaid.

The fact that teachers get all of that time off and still get paid more than most people means they aren't hard done by. Try being a social worker or daycare worker. They're underpaid. And as for Daycare worker, they deal with children for a fraction of what teachers deal with children for.

Bottom line is that the majority of people work just as hard and complain a hell of a lot less.

1:04 p.m.  
Blogger Les Mackenzie said...

I have to agree with Warwick - I work 10+ (non unionized) hours a day without the commute. I'm not a 'kid' person therefore I didn't choose teaching as a career.

No body really has the right to whine more than the next person, the government is sucking all of us dry.

1:29 p.m.  
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12:22 a.m.  
Blogger Canadi-anna said...

My kids spend every Friday afternoon having a 'party' if they're good. Then there is the minimum two hours a week watching movies. Not documentaries, but Disney movies. They even watch them in French class -- I asked 'is the audio in French?' Answer: No, how would we understand?
There are good teachers, I know there are, but the bad ones can affect your kids forever.
Teacher testing would be a good start. A few years in a row without labour strife, and I bet they'd have a lot more parents on-side.

12:29 a.m.  
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