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Re: Teacher pay

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Thu, 27 Aug 1998 19:21:39 -0700

Dear ArtsEdNet friends:
I have seen this joke several years ago (when the amount per hour was $2.00 per hour), but the last time I saw it was last Spring (1998) on the KANCRN listserv. This is a listserv for science teachers and their students. Just "shows to go ya'" what a small world we live in!!! Isn't it great!
Keep up the great work. This is my favorite listserv, and, in my humble opinion, the most valuable.

I appreciated the humor of the responses...YES! we do more in Kansas than babysit :o)
Your friend in ArtsEdNet,
Sheryl A. McCoy

On Thu, 27 Aug 1998 12:39:10 Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus wrote:
>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?

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