Sunday, June 24, 2001

Teacher Pay

This tongue-in-cheek post appeared on a teachers' listserv. The name of the writer was accidentally deleted and I'm sorry for not being able to give credit to that person.

I, for one, am sick and tired of those highly-paid teachers. Their hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they work only nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do -- baby-sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That’s right.........I would give them $3 dollars an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time. That would be $15 a day. Each parent should pay $15 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.

Now, how many do they teach in a day?...maybe 25. Then that’s 15 X 25=$375 a day. But remember they only work 180 days a year!

I’m not going to pay them for any vacations. Let’s see... that’s 375 x 180=$67,500.00 (Hold on; my calculator must need batteries!)

What about those special teachers or the ones with Master’s Degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage just to be fair. Let’s round it off to $6 an hour. That would be $6 times 5 hours times 25 children times 180 days= $135,000.00 per year.

Wait a minute, there is something wrong here! There certainly is...... huh?

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