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April 16th, 2005

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07:16 pm - Grrr Growl Fierceness.....
Upon my perusal of the online creative loafing for Charlotte I found an interesting article called Teacher Wussdays.

Go here http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/newsstand/current/news_cotton.html
to read the article yourself. If the link doesn't work then look up the article by the author's name, quinn cotton and read up!

Cotton claims that teachers don't spend enough time in school during the school week and waste time on teacher workdays, HA HAHAHA. Cotton also mentions that teachers run away the minute the final bell rings for school and getting off of work before 5pm in the corporate world is considered "easy".

Apparently working nine to ten months out of the year is a luxury that the rest of the world doesn't have, and teachers make such a good living off of tutoring that we can more than make ends meet.

What this dumbass does not acknowledge is that teachers generally get up at 5 am to be at school by 6:30 AM. We also give up nights and weekends to supervise school trips, socials, concerts, and PTA meetings. An average labor worker works for an 8 hour shift a day, once that worker goes over 40 hours he/she gets overtime. If you add the hours up for a teacher on a weekly basis we'd be owed a lot more money in overtime. Average workers also get paid vacations after a certain amount of time with the company, most teachers have second jobs over the summer and weekends to help support families and save money. How many jobs to you know of that require you to work when you're sick as a dog because no one else can cover it?

A lot of teachers have lives too, doesn't he consider that banks close at 5pm (oh god) as well as the post office and several doctors offices? Several teachers are running out of the door to pick up their own children, those "bratty beserk annoying kids" as quoted in the column. We have to take off on workdays to schedule doctors appointments, car tune ups and to VOTE!!!

Just for his information "optional" teacher workdays don't mean jack. We are required to attend school a certain number of days and we take the day without pay when we miss a workday. You can only get paid for an "optional" workday if you accrue enough time in the state (yeah and it takes a while).

Yes we teachers complain that we are underpaid and overworked, but find someone who doesn't have those problems. If someone screws something up in the corporate or small business world, they get fired and maybe lose money for the company-TEACHERS SHAPE LIVES and those of us that care try to do a good job. Yes, it would be nice to be rewarded financially, but we have to do what we can to support ourselves for the future.

By the way, our salaries are only based off of 10 months a year, and guess what WE PAY TAXES FOR THIS TOO!!!!

My apologies for taking up space but this just infuriates me.
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
Current Music: The pounding of my sinus headache

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Date:April 17th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Apparently this guy has a stick up his ass. Last time I checked, professionals that work 8-5 get an hour long lunch break, so that they can run errands. Teachers are doing good to get 20 minutes to eat, and what time they do have is often spent with some beserk kid trying to get help with homework. Not to mention the fact that most teachers work from 7-4, which is as long a work day as "professionals". It seems that this guy is confused between public service, and public servant. Asshole
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Date:April 17th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)

That's right!

Thanks, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who feels that this jerk needs a wake up call.

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