Something To Think About Now That School Is Back

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Education is lacking nationwide. As a country, we're dropping in quality of education, test scores and in the percentage of kids who graduate high school.

Someone's to blame.  Let's see--

A majority of them are overpaid.
They have all weekends and holidays off.
They also take three months a year off as well.
They always make more money than the preceding year.
They only work a few hours a day when they do work.
They have a huge public responsibility.
Tenure has it's benefits. 90% of those seeking to return to the halls are returned.

Who is it? If you said teachers, you are wrong.

Congress

It's Congress.  And they're the one's cutting the funding for those hard working people charged with educating our most prized possessions, our kids. They are responsible for teaching and protecting them. A good teacher can make a good student. But a bad congressperson can destroy our entire society.

Maybe we should look into more respect and funding for our nation's future. Don't be so free with your vote. Make it count. Stop rewarding partisanship and start voting issues. When people want to take your rights away, you better ask why and loudly.Voters in North Carolina, in Texas, in Arizona, in Georgia, 28 states and counting, are trying to stop students, minorities, the poor and the elderly from voting all together.

Reproductive rights are being regulated and not by doctors. By legislators.

We pay these elected officials four times what we pay our teachers on average. With the results we're seeing, where would you like the money spent? And who do you think earns it more?

Support our teachers and vote out our decaying Congress. Teachers are there to lift up the future of the populace. Congress is out to destroy it. Give it some thought -- especially when the next round of proposed budget cuts come up. Ask why our Congress is taking even more from our future by taking more from education.

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  • Mark

    This goes deeper than just the Kochs. Plenty of local school boards are being filled with corporate wonks who see us teachers as being overpaid too. Throw in legislatures around the country that lean right, or have spineless Democrats and you have a national assault on teachers. This is not just some elite Republican cabal. This is going on at every level of governance. Another lovely side effect of the Housing bubble created by the Fed.

  • mellowjohn

    a least i have 20+ years of social security.

  • Mark

    Illinois is a disaster, and we will (the teachers) fill the body bags that hit the morgue first. We didn't cause it, and while there is always some arguments for changing the system to fix it that won't happen. It will be systematically dismantled..probably incrementally. Pay attention to see how the pensioneers in Detroit get screwed as that will portend our doom as well.

  • Mark

    Charter schools fail at higher rates than Public schools do. While the voucher demagogues will cherry pick the winners (and yes, there are some excellent Charter schools), most of the Charter Schools either go belly up or perform at or worse than public schools.

  • judi

    This is an ongoing theme with the Right, ER, I mean Kochs. For decades they have used ALEC, and David & Betsy DeVos to spearhead their "let's defund the schools, say they are bad and it's the unions fault, get the parents upset and all pitch-forky.......and voila: we have the answer: for profit ( owned by US) charter schools. " And guess what? We can get the TAXPAYERS to fund this, with vouchers that should be going to public schools......which IS constitutional.
    I love the smell of Free Market in the morning.........not.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Ok, I sweartogod I won't tell. I got paid bupkis, but did it for 14+ years out of passion for the kids, but I tell everyone they bought me my first Tesla.

  • mellowjohn

    shhhh, laffy. i don't want anyone to know that i'm only into teaching for the money.
    /endsnark/

  • Mark

    Very true. Most Republicans want to tear every last union down and have everyone be at the mercy of the corporation. I am not anti-free market, but school teachers don't produce tangible objects...they teach kids. It is so easy to cut them down first when the poop hits the fan and local finances become strained. But keep in mind, at least in my state, the Democrats in our legislature, now fearful of losing their seats, are making backroom deals to solve our finances. We are going to get screwed it is only a matter of time and the Dems and Reps in our state will walk away saying they solved the crisis.

  • Mark

    On the whole, no. The average teacher is receiving average or below average compensation compared to the private sector. The questionable compensation is almost entirely at the highest levels (supers and principals) where you will see big paychecks.

    However, in Illinois, where I live, a few select districts can pay their teachers upwards of $140,000 with 30 years in. That would be where we might start to say (IMHO) "ok..is this fair compensation for what you are providing as a service?"

    I certainly won't be one of those lucky folks. I do think a good discussion needs to be had about how we get paid. Because when the economy tanks, we become the bad guys for destroying government finances at state and local levels. With Unions vanishing, what protections are we going to have left in 10 to 20 years.

  • RepublicanSwine

    X2 ... These are the same GOP Swine that give you the "Teach A Man To Fish..." Speech. What they don't tell you is " But Not before we undermine, under-fund, & vilify Teachers, Schools, & Education. "

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    I taught for well over a decade, and I have yet to see an overpaid teacher in the public school system.

    I agree though, attracting more good teachers is a concern.

  • Mark

    I am a teacher and yes, some of those in our profession are overpaid. That is what you get when the occupation receives a salary based on the property tax capability of each city. But you can hardly blame the teacher for it being set up that way.

    Conversely, I am one of those who the "business" community sees as destroying the finances of the state, despite the fact that I make less than 50,000 a year with 12 years under my belt and two advanced degrees costing my six figures to attain.

    All I ask for is my pension be protected. If changes have to be made as time goes on, I'm ok with that. But we know damn well they won't quit until the pension is gone, and the 401k (along with all the fees) becomes the norm. Good luck attracting quality educators going forward.