Teachable Moments: Are You Sick of Highly-Paid Teachers?

March 6, 2014

Teachable Moments: Are You Sick of Highly-Paid Teachers?

“Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 p.m. with 45 minutes off for lunch and planning— that equals 6-1/2 hours).

So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

Let’s see….that’s $585 X 180 = $105,300 per year.”

Think teachers are “glorified babysitters”? Want to pay them as such? A light-hearted post on DailyKos calculates just how much teachers would earn if they were paid the same as babysitters.

Teachable Moments is an ETT Weekly/website-feature highlighting labour, education, and politics-themed quotes from the past and present, with the goal to engage and inform.


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