Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Day

It never fails to astonish me that so many people think that teachers don't have to work very hard. I don't know how or when they think that homework gets graded or lessons get planned. I don't know why they think it wouldn't be incredibly difficult to care for and direct and practically raise a classroom of 30+ kids (which is how it is in the US these days), all of whom hate school because our education system is a complete mess.

I can't imagine doing that. Can you?

Here's the reality. The vast majority of teachers work over 40 hours per week. Most of them work 50-60. Some work up to 80 hours per week, doing much of their work at home.

They don't get paid for this extra time. They are paid for 40 hours per week. No overtime for salaried teachers. And if the average salary for K-12 teachers is $40-50 thousand per year and you work 80 hours per week only getting paid for half that time, it's like they're getting $20-25 thousand per year.


Teachers nearly always get brought up in the gender wage gap arguments I have with the misogynists who dedicate so much of their time and energy to going around trying to convince people it doesn't exist. Teachers nearly always wind up in their list of female-dominated professions which don't require a lot of hard work and somehow aren't as important as construction workers (????).

We already know that male teachers in all grade groups get paid more than female teachers. But did you know that in post-secondary education, where the instructors are much more likely to be male, they generally work fewer hours?

Bring out the chart!

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Interesting. So college instructors work less than 50 hours per week on average with adults who know how to behave themselves, and elementary and secondary school teachers work around 60. Meaning the mostly women teachers are working significantly harder but are still paid less.

Whoops you have no legs to stand on.

We owe it to our mostly-female teachers to overhaul the education system in this country. They deserve so much better, as do the kids they're trying desperately to hand a decent education under mountains of stress, lacking resources, and increasing pressure to teach to shitty, worthless standardized tests that are so hard on kids that they're just straight up puking on the test booklets.

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