posted by Spock
First off, tenure doesnt exist anymore.
Secondly, how would you like to be evaluated on how other people do?
Third, we have huge requirements on a yearly basis on professional development. I am sure that most college grads arent required to continually take college courses to stay employed.
fourth......what you call a salary isnt what a teacher brings home to live off of. After retirement, taxes, benefits.....no teacher brings home more than 60% of their salary. Its more like 45%
Lastly, is being an educator the most important job in our society.....yes it is. You think you would want the brightest and best. Paying them scraps doesnt do that.
Sure is the schedule nice, yes it is.
1. Your description of being evaluated on how other people perform is a description of any job that has EVER managed a single other person. On top of that as an engineer, my bonus/pay is affected every year by how my whole group does, not just me. So you did just describe most degreed professionals. Teachers are finally just getting this applied to them, we have been dealing with it for decades. Congratulations.
2. If anyone wants to progress in their career past an entry level position they do have to take classes, work on a MS, MBA, etc. It isn't a REQUIREMENT, which I do feel or teachers there, but if you want to get any promotions you will take classes.
3. Your complaint about how much goes to taxes/retirement/benefits/etc is laughable. Just because teachers just recently had to start putting their own money into these things and can now see how expensive they are, doesn't mean the rest of us haven't been dealing with it for decades.
4. Teachers aren't paid scraps, pretty much ONLY teachers believe this. A typical worker in the US has 2 weeks vacation and gets about 10 holidays. Thats 20 days off of the 260 weekdays. 240/185 is 1.3. So a typical professional works 30% more time/days than a teacher, so add 30% to your salary to get an idea if you are paid fairly. And yes, professionals work 50-60 hour work weeks so don't give me the "we have to grade papers at night" crap.
5. You teach dodgeball, not that important in the grand scheme of things. If you taught math or science I would agree with your "one of the most important careers" statement.