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Comebacks to Annoying Comments About Teaching
November 20, 2017 on NEA Today.
I am sure that I will annoy some of the teachers who follow this blog, but I couldn’t let this NEA article go unanswered.
Where Cindy Long is Correct
I agree with Ms. Long that teachers are not glorified babysitters. Planning and carrying through a quality lesson takes serious effort and skill. Classroom management is no joke either. Great teachers can control a classroom and teach their subject without every having to raise their voices. Not everyone is able to do this and those who can are to be commended.
I will quote her exact words here because she is spot on:
“Teaching is not just about the transfer of knowledge. Teachers need to know how to plan a lesson, engage and motivate students of varying learning styles, apply information from formative assessments, manage classroom behavior, design tests and find other ways to accurately measure each and every student’s performance and comprehension. There are hundreds of skills necessary for effective teaching, of which content mastery is one.”
Where Cindy Long is Incorrect
Here I will re-post what I wrote on my Anti-NJEA Blog a couple of months ago. These words may be controversial but I am giving my personal opinion on the matter.
Most teachers I know complain that they are underpaid.
The media tends to support this notion:
Huffington Post - More Proof that American Teachers Are Underpaid And Deserve More Respect
Economic Policy Institute - New Jersey public school teachers are underpaid, not overpaid
Washington Post - Think teachers aren't paid enough? It's worse than you think
I don't buy this point of view for a second.
We work essentially 9 months a year.
How is that?
Well, we get 2 months off in summer, a week off for spring break, a week off for winter break, assorted holidays (another week off let’s say), 10 sick days and 2 personal days every year. That adds up to more than 3 months off per year by my calculation.
We get full health benefits.
We get a defined benefit pension.
We work from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and get time off for lunch and prep so basically we are active for maybe 6 hours a day.
Let’s be honest - It's a good gig if you can get it.