Comments: That NEA newsletter again

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Oh my sweet Aunt Fanny. What on earth will the education system come up with next?

I don't bitch about my pay. It's pretty good. I do bitch about the lack of respect and the people that throw that 2.5 months of vacation in my face. They can come and manage 25 different personalities in a classroom 5-6 times a day all the while trying to teach something. Then they can grade papers until the cows come home, while making their own teaching materials. I'll sit in their office where no one fiddles with the stuff on their desk, answer their email in a leisurely pace while I'm sipping my coffee and listening to soft music. Heck, I'll even deal with the paperwork on their office and make a few phone calls.

Wanna tell me what's easier?

Posted by Bronwen at March 28, 2006 07:08 PM

Good points, B. Lack of respect from students ... and administrators who think you have the IQ of an orange!

My response to people bitching about summers off is usually along the lines of this: "Don't blame me for your dissatisfaction with MY career choice. Don't like it? Lobby your state legislator."

Then, when that inevitably leads into how "easy" teaching is, I'll always say "Come on in and try it for two weeks. I get to pick the class, OK?" Quindlen was dead right about this aspect in the beginning of her article.

Posted by Hube at March 28, 2006 08:00 PM

Very balanced critique of Qindlen's article. Good work.

I was surprised to see a writer of her reputation writing for what is essentially a trade magazine. Guess they paid her well. AND I suspect the story will get a lot of national play as it is sympatheic to teachers but does not bash wasteful school boards and administrations.

Where did you first see the article?

Posted by AJ Lynch at March 29, 2006 09:15 AM

I for one have taught school, worked in a major corporation and for a small business, and owned a small business. The latter was by far the hardest, and the other three had positives and negatives.

I think tying pay to performance is lacking for the reasons you stated. I like the idea in principle, but in practice it is impossible.

Posted by Delathought at March 29, 2006 06:48 PM

AJ: First saw it in the NEA Today hard copy that I get mailed to me each month.

Posted by Hube at March 30, 2006 08:38 PM

Hey! I like my time off. I do not do any work outside the duty day. You will NEVER get from me what you did not pay for. Period.

My duty day-by contract-is from 7:15 to 2:45. That is all you have purchased from me. Want more? Make an offer.

Right now I make $60,000 a year for 192 days of work. If you want 240 days (like most workers) then you will have to raise that pay to a minimum of $75,000. Oh, and you will have to raise my pension from 32% of the average of pay for the last three years of teaching (We have to pay taxes out of that 32%!) to 75% (and tax free!).

If you want more from me you WILL pay me. Right now you ARE getting what your elected officials negotiated. To me, that time off IS part of my pay. So here's the deal: I get to keep the time off and you don't have to pay more in taxes. Deal?

Posted by Miller Smith at March 31, 2006 09:47 AM

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