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This is why you don't read comments
Old 01-21-2019, 07:38 PM
 
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I really know better, but I couldn't help it. There is a pending strike in a local district (not where I work, but I live nearby). Several news stations have been running stories about how parents are worried about how they'll be impacted .

In our city, the teaching salaries don't match the COL AT ALL. The district that will most likely be striking currently has hundreds of unfilled positions. The pool of candidates gets smaller each year and local universities are seeing the percentage of people majoring in education drop as much as 75%.

Yet every time this comes up, multiple idiots say things like, "If you don't like the pay, get a job in another field!" Or, "Fire them all and replace them with new teachers who actually want to do the work!"

Where do they think they're getting these new teachers from? Why aren't these new teachers filling the positions that are already unfilled? And don't they realize that people are already leaving the field- how is that solving the problem? They think there are just thousands of unemployed teachers wandering around hoping for a shot at working in a challenging district for peanuts? I mean really, how stupid can you be?

Of course there are a myriad of other dumb comments as well. But this one always gets me because I think these idiots really believe what they're saying. In their minds, this is all perfectly logical.


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I feel you! I support these striking teachers. I just saw a news feature about school nurses. So many people impact kids each and every day. Others think they can just walk into a classroom and don't know how hard it is. Then take away the support of nurses, admin (yes, I have their support), aides, specialists, and the list goes on. I hope people begin to see the bigger picture.

Go teachers...we are in this together.
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I made the mistake of reading comments with respect to the LA teachers’ strike, so I feel your pain!

The second most common comment: Teachers have summers off, so why should they get a pay increase?
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Not to mention-those that are willing to give it a go, a.k.a new teachers i their first 5 years, tend to running screaming from the job-money aside.

So, not only are people leaving because of the pay check leaving many open positions unfilled all year even the people that do try to teach cant hack it. It is a rough job that most people cannot do, let a lone cannot do well. posters on the internet are speaking out their bowel sphincters.

I feel like it will take about 5 more years, until it really hits home that teachers really are leaving for other fields that will respect them, and for student learning to hit crisis levels and the point of no return before anything lasting will be done. But of course then we will have a half of a generation that are unable to add meaningfully to the workforce which is becoming more and more technical and requiring more and more higher education. I just hope that public education can survive it
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It's time for of us to speak up and fight this stupidity epidemic. Don't ignore stupidity. Speak up for the profession.


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Ignorance of the general public...
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There is a general lack of knowledge on the part of the public as to what we actually do and how hard and many hours we actually work to earn our money. They think our benefits are free (in my state they used to be but the legislature enacted premium sharing law so onerous that most teachers earn less every year because raises do not begin to cover the increase). They think we get paid over the summer, most do not, it's a 10 month job. They think because their taxes pay our salaries, they can begrudge us what we do get. I am seeing similar comments posted about federal workers in forums an people seeing nothing wrong with them working without a check (they should have saved money, they are overpaid, get great benefits, etc.). The grass always seems to be greener on the other side of the yard. I have spoken out against the ignorance, but it is so frustrating, and often, unless someone knows or lives with a teacher, they just don't get it. I wish some of these folks could follow us for awhile an see what is involved in the career. Maybe then they would understand.
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I have had these experiences in different forms with several student's parents.

Parent response to falling grades: Why is my angel doing so poorly this 9 weeks? I'm very concerned and I need a conference as soon as possible!

Conference (parent speaking): He won't listen to me no matter what I do or say. What should I do? He just yells at me whenever I ask him to study, and if I take away privileges, he just makes life unbearable for me at home until I let him have them back.

Me: (thinking carefully through this minefield of sarcasm that I need to avoid) Well... you are the ultimate authority in his life, right? If you are at the top, and I must cede my authority to you as his mother, how can I be placed in this situation, considering that I have less authority than you?

Now teachers are bright people. Just imagine the wonderful and pointless conversation that happened in the 30 minutes after this exchange.
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