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Re: Telephones in Classroomó A rant!


Date: Sat Aug 04 2001 - 12:37:07 PDT

OK guys, I've been reading some of the messages from teachers who don't have
phones in their rooms and some of the issues that we, as teachers, have to
fight for. Where are our teacher's unions! How come we have to fight our
administrations for basic things! It's really a sad commentary on the state
of public education in this country. We're way down there on the priority
list when it comes to site administrators meeting our basic needs. Yet
they're asking us to teach and manage 30 to 40 kids at a time in cramped,
unsafe schools on shoe-string budgets, really. Some of us have bigger budgets
than others, but, let's face it, when we have to do somersaults to get basic
things such as a phone for our rooms, something's not right with our
educational system. With our already low salaries, we're expected to use our
own cell phones to call out. And we have to supplement our classroom supplies
out of pocket, it's ridiculous! Maybe, we as teachers have been too
submissive, too accomodating and that's why they take advantage of us. Can
anyone else name a business/industry or career where paying out of one's own
pocket for basic necessities to do the job is required? Am I ranting, yes.
But after six years of teaching art, I'm getting seriously jaded at the way
that the hard work that we do is so undervalued at the administrative and
district levels.
Dennis in Stockton