Chesterfield County Teachers Walk Out...

Chesterfield County Teachers Walk Out to Send a Message to Admi...

There are 89 comments on the WTVR story from Mar 26, 2010, titled Chesterfield County Teachers Walk Out to Send a Message to Admi.... In it, WTVR reports that:

When hundreds of teaching positions are lost next year in Chesterfield County, other teachers will have to pick up the slack.

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Sammy

Richmond, VA

#82 Mar 29, 2010
exhausted every night wrote:
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Unions??? There are no unions in VA. Nobody doing our job for just ONE day would tell a teacher they don't work enough hours or get paid too much. Teachers spend time, even on holidays or in the summer, going to professional development seminars/conferences - at their own expense. There is one high school whose teachers will have worked an extra 6 unpaid weeks at the end of this school year. The teachers at that school volunteered for this because they care about their students. Besides, teachers do not just work ONE additional hour a day but many, many more.
And, don't forget most teachers are doing this work, little more than $50,000. a year, with a Master's Degree or more. This, even after 30+ years in the classroom.
The bottom line here is not even salary. It's what teachers want for their students. They do not want more students in already crowded classroom because all the research shows that students have higher achievement in smaller classes. I could go on...
I could go on...??? You did for 4 more posts!! Seeing how your "exhausted every night" and rant after rant have done so much??? Seem to have plenty of time on your hands??? The truth is nobody lied to you about the school system before you took the job. Write a lesson plan on telling the truth verses EXAUGURATION
willey

Glen Allen, VA

#83 Mar 30, 2010
I swear I get so sick and tired of teachers complaining about how hard they work how looooong their day is etc. ad nausea!!! Teachers finally realize what the rest of the working class knows. WORK IS HARD AND LONG!! Are you "special" because you’re a teacher? Get real! That's your job shut up and do it. If I whined and complained like all these teachers I would be "let go" in a minute. Teachers have very good benefits, vacation, sick, holidays, summers off etc. Don’t like the hours leave and get another job. There are plenty of people who would take your job in a minute. 60 hours a week!! Big deal! That’s a short week for many people. Enjoy your summer vacation while the rest of us are working.
exhausted every night

Richmond, VA

#84 Mar 31, 2010
Sammy wrote:
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I could go on...??? You did for 4 more posts!! Seeing how your "exhausted every night" and rant after rant have done so much??? Seem to have plenty of time on your hands??? The truth is nobody lied to you about the school system before you took the job. Write a lesson plan on telling the truth verses EXAUGURATION
Me again - I've been teaching at the same school in Chesterfield for 25 years for a reason - I believe in the kids. P.S. Learn to spell - apparently you didn't have good teachers. That's a real shame.
exhausted every night

Richmond, VA

#85 Mar 31, 2010
willey wrote:
I swear I get so sick and tired of teachers complaining about how hard they work how looooong their day is etc. ad nausea!!! Teachers finally realize what the rest of the working class knows. WORK IS HARD AND LONG!! Are you "special" because you’re a teacher? Get real! That's your job shut up and do it. If I whined and complained like all these teachers I would be "let go" in a minute. Teachers have very good benefits, vacation, sick, holidays, summers off etc. Don’t like the hours leave and get another job. There are plenty of people who would take your job in a minute. 60 hours a week!! Big deal! That’s a short week for many people. Enjoy your summer vacation while the rest of us are working.
I work more hours in 10 months than you work in a year. Most of them are unpaid. I didn't become a teacher for the salary. I became a teacher to make a difference. Too bad you didn't have someone who made a difference for you. I feel sorry for you.

You JUST DON'T GET IT and YOU NEVER WILL unless you spend a DAY at my job. You'll be running for cover when my students get through with you!!!

I doubt that there are plenty of people who would take my job - even for a day. Not once they try it and do it the right way.
exhausted every night

Richmond, VA

#86 Mar 31, 2010
Chance wrote:
I agree with the teachers sticking together and working the hours they are paid, but, as for the comment made about staying until 3,4, 5 p.m. because students need help: students are taking the effort to stay late and concentrate on schoolwork and extracurricular activities. The teachers should take the same initiative and have an impact on those students who are willing to do this. The students could leave school, go and find themselves hanging out in the wrong places, wandering around with the wrong crowds. Teachers are the biggest impact on our youngsters, they should show the most initiative and have the tools to do so. Im not disagreeing just making a point that the students are the ones who are going to hurt most from this.
That's a big point that Chesterfield teachers are making. This is what we want to do but we also don't want our class sizes increased because it really hurts our kids.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#87 Mar 31, 2010
willey wrote:
I swear I get so sick and tired of teachers complaining about how hard they work how looooong their day is etc. ad nausea!!! Teachers finally realize what the rest of the working class knows. WORK IS HARD AND LONG!! Are you "special" because you’re a teacher? Get real! That's your job shut up and do it. If I whined and complained like all these teachers I would be "let go" in a minute. Teachers have very good benefits, vacation, sick, holidays, summers off etc. Don’t like the hours leave and get another job. There are plenty of people who would take your job in a minute. 60 hours a week!! Big deal! That’s a short week for many people. Enjoy your summer vacation while the rest of us are working.
Back off buster, the teachers are great with your obnoxious little darlings. I hope you turned out half way right and you can thank some teacher for that/unless you are just plain ape silly like you are right now.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#88 Mar 31, 2010
exhausted every night wrote:
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That's a big point that Chesterfield teachers are making. This is what we want to do but we also don't want our class sizes increased because it really hurts our kids.
For those of us who know your job is not easy we love you and support you. My oldest daughter is a school teacher substitute, she gets paid minimum wage. She enjoys the rigors of trying to make a difference in some kids life. Hold on a change is coming, keep the faith.
willey

Glen Allen, VA

#89 Apr 1, 2010
"I work more hours in 10 months than you work in a year"
How would you know this???? I rather doubt it.

"I didn't become a teacher for the salary"
Then why all the whinning about "working for free"?? Remember your salary...

I became a teacher to make a difference"
Then do what needs to be done and make a difference.

I submit being a teacher is probably difficult work. It is your chossen career path. If you don't like it move on. If your stuck in it welcome to the real world. I have little sympathy for people who KNEW that they wouldn't make much money and work LOOOOOONG hours. There are plenty of other careers where you can make a difference. Try being a Cop if you dare!! Does it really take a 4 or 6 year degree to teach kindergarten? 1-6? Please, its a racket like many other fields.

I have to work two jobs why shouldn't you? Oh thats right you have a masters degree......Bet you wish you went into the medical or law field now eh?!
Abby

Clermont, FL

#90 Apr 2, 2010
Kang wrote:
Here's a thought, lets stop trying to occupy and rebuild m'fin countries in the Mideast and instead rebuild our own m'fin country.
I'm with you on that, Kang. We've exhausted ourselves giving aid to foreign countries, adopting foreign children and here we are with our entire infrastructure crashing, economic market near collapse and noone is doing a bloody thing. I'd love to get all our military home, secure the border, get these illegals out of here and begin rebuilding what was once America the Great.

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