Weight & Loss put on Teachers
Friday, April 01, 2011
When I was young, I planned on being a missionary. I became a teacher, instead. Now I know it means the same thing.
I check in to Spark rarely during a coaching season for my competitive Academic Team, (plus I teach 6 classes of high school every day, over 150 students per day). I don't get a paid lunch, yet I, like many of us idealistic teachers, do make-up testing during unpaid time. I keep records of all the kids who re-test for a first failure--they can re-take due to "proficiency grading." I keep logs of my non-paid hours and students who came after school. Some students stay working on term papers until 6:30 p.m. because they have no computer at home. I have logged 340 students during unpaid hours-- so that they can pass. My evaluations never address working 10 weeks of unpaid time each year, yet they want to base my pay on increases students make on performance. The brilliant politicians in our state have voted to make me pay 3% of my meager pay toward retirement which reduces my pay. Haven't had a raise since '06. We were already paid 47th lowest in the nation!!!!!!! Everybody in my house has lost a job, so I'm the teacher-breadwinner for my mom, (80 who can't see to drive), spouse, 10 yr. old child, unmarried 21 yr. old stepdaughter who has a 3 yr. old. I'm glad they haven't decided to fire anyone over 50! Our state politicians are millionaires who bilked the system, but penalize the police, teachers, & health care system so they can withhold taxing the wealthy in the state. The rich take care of the rich, while those of us trying to help society are stepped on in the face for their climb to the top.
That was my 2 minute rant. Thanks.