Sunday, March 02, 2008

Are You Sick of High Paid Teachers?

I "stumbled" into this little piece on a blog called "Wat da Wat;" it was posted on Feb. 22, 2008. Here's the URL:

Are you sick of high paid teachers? Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - baby sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan — that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.

Now how many do they teach in day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is$50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)


I wish I wrote this but I didn’t. This was sent to me by one of the teachers in my school. It sure does put things into perspective…What you guys think?

*Disclaimer* I’m a teacher.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Accountants and Lawyers work an average of 240 days a year. Teachers work an average of 190.
Union contracts often limit work hour weeks to less than 38 hours a week. Including paid lunch breaks
Because of pensions that average much higher than the private sector, the average retirement age of a teacher is 59 yrs old, versus 63 years old for the private sector
Health care: 51% of teachers are fully covered. Compare this to only 20% of managers and professional employees in the private sector.
Benefits packages average 26% of their salary compared to only 17% in private industries" -Todd McLauchlin

Everyone is SICK of schoolteachers complaining about how little they make. TSS workers, subsitute teachers, after school workers and other support staff such as myself get 11-14 dollars an hour. And we are still required to have a degree. Why can't you be thankful for what you have and if you aren't consider the fact I have to work a second job rather than having my summers off. I can't afford to have children of my own, a car, or a home. You and your union are greedy and you hog up all the funds. Kids use outdated books and the radiators are full of mold.