Well said. As a previous poster said...they wouldn't last the day, let alone a full 12 month work year. And that is the crux of the fair pay argument. To put it in perspective, a 180 day contract work year at 45,000 per year is equivalent to 66,250 per 265 day work year. 265 days is what the average non teacher laboror works per year with weekends off. So if a teacher that is making 45,000 per year for the contracted days they agreed to, in a job they choose, why are they complaing about making the equivalent of 66,250 per year? Is it their choice of work that they went to college for that allows them to sit around Tamarack Swim Club ALL summer and complain about how little they make. If you want to make a fair wage for a fairs days work, then work more days...ie get a summer job.<quoted text>
I would love to see a typical public school teacher attempt to work a full eight (8)hour day, then repeat this pattern every week for an entire year having for time off two weeks vacation. I would love for them to figure out how to get their arses out of bed earlier and have their meetings EARLIER so out kids don't have to have these asinine 'late start' days. I would love to see a typical public school teacher pay something a bit closer to what their private sector counterparts pay for health benefits and life insurance. I would love to see a typical public school teacher receive reasonable sick pay and personal time off, and (like much of the the private sector) get paid only MAJOR holidays, and have them off to celebrate with friends and family.
And I wont even bring up the disparity in the cost of the benefits that the people that work 265 have to pay versus those that choose to work 180 days have to pay. Ask yourself, who makes up the difference in that disparity?