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Re: Teacher pay

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Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus (
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 12:39:10 -0500

I now realize this was a joke.

Unfortunately I too often hear people complain about teachers and how
"little" they do and how "too much" they get paid. It seems that there is a
National trend to demonize the teaching profession.

I really believe in public education and I believe with support it works.
Education HAS improved in the last 20, 30, 40 years just compare drop out
rates. Or compare what is expected now as to then of teachers. I work with
the hardest working people ever who deserve what little they get (and
more). Everyday in the paper I read some B.S. about the failing of schools.
So I guess I am a little overly sensitive to jokes about it. It's just
not funny to me.

and it's hot too!

>Dear Lauretta,
>I felt the same way, but if you read it, it's funny. It's actually saying
>that although we do far more than babysit, we make less than babysitters
>would make with the number of kids and the amount of time we teach.
>Sincerely, Leah
>>I'm confused. Is this a bad joke, a reprint or what?
>>Who does more then babysit in Kansas
>>At 02:18 PM 8/26/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>>Don't have time to check to see if this has been shared before. It's
>>>always good to read it again, anyway. How many kids to you have per
>>>class and teach per day?
>>>I'm fed up with teachers and their hefty salary schedules. What we need
>>>here is a little perspective. If I had my way, I'd pay these teachers
>>>myself...I'd pay them babysitting wages. That's right...instead of
>>>paying these outrageous taxes, I'd give them $3.00 an hour out of my own
>>>pocket. And, I'm only going to pay them for five hours, not coffee
>>>breaks disguised as planning times. That would be $15.00 a day. Each
>>>parent should pay $15.00 a day for these teachers to babysit their
>>>children. Even if they have more than one child, it's still cheaper
>>>than private daycare. Now how many children do they teach a day - maybe
>>>twenty? That's $15.00 x 20 = $300.00 a day. But remember, they only
>>>work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay them for all those
>>>vacations. $300 x 180 = $54,000. (Just a minute, I think my calculator
>>>needs batteries.)
>>>I know you teachers will say what about those who have ten years of
>>>experience and a master's degree? Well, maybe (just to be fair) the
>>>teachers could get the minimum wage, and instead of just babysitting,
>>>could read the kids a story. We can round that off to about $5.00 an
>>>times five hours, times twenty children. $5.00 x 5 x 20. That's $500 a
>>>times 180 days. That's $90,000.
>>>HUH???? Wait a minute! Let's get a little perspective here.
>>>wages are too good for those teachers. Did anyone see a salary schedule
>>>around here?