Teachers' Cutesy Chain Email Demonstrates Why the Public Hates Them

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Advice to teachers’ union apologists: when you want to create public sympathy with a chain letter joke, it kind of works a little better if you hide your disdain for the taxpayers.
One of these chain letters made its way to facebook where your humble blogger happened to read it. It’s sad that these people are so far removed from reality that they think this actually makes them look good. Prepare yourself for government worker entitlement on parade:

Are you sick of high paid teachers? Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – baby sit! 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 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan — that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.

Now how many do they teach in day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 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. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)

A few things…
First, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people earning $50,000 a year these days. The average salary (nationwide) of a firefighter is $44,260. The average salary of a Staff Sargeant in the military is $34,088.  Police officers come in at $51,410.
Secondly, the estimation of 30 kids in class is ridiculous. Per the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2008 the average class size was 20 for elementary and 23 for high school.
Finally, looking at this from the parents’ perspective is even worse. Even if we go with the math we’ve been presented, teachers with a master’s degree or some other advanced training should earn $280,800 a year. That means each child’s share is $9,360. And since the average family has 2 children, that’s $18,720 for the parents to come up with.

Via the U.S. Census records, average household income in America is $49,777. Not only do these teachers get paid more than those they serve, it would take 38 percent of their income to pay what these teachers “deserve” to make.
If you’re going to waste my time with cutesy jokes, at least make sure they’re funny.

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0 responses to “Teachers' Cutesy Chain Email Demonstrates Why the Public Hates Them

  1. At least when soldiers, cops and firefighters get paid, they show up for work. Could these teachers in Wisconsin do that?

  2. Steve,
    I wish I could post a screen shot of the person on FB who posted this, greeted with cheers from their fellow dimwits. But alas, I shall keep them anonymous.

  3. Actually, under the new vocabulary of OBE, the correct term for what they do is “facilitator”.
    They facilitate student-directed learning in a variety of ways and settings that honors diversity and multi-culturalism. That’s why the curriculum sucks and the test scores are in the toilet.

  4. I wonder what the million plus homeschoolers think about this (I’m one of them).. we get by on one income, pay for all our school materials and field trips, and all extra-curricular activities. Hmm. Plus cook, clean, sew, garden, can food… It seems that these teachers suffer from the same bane of existence that has plagued man since the beginning
    “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” I John 2:16

  5. I’m so glad my grandson was homeschooled.

  6. How about instead of a rate per child in a classroom, how about they be paid a rate per child that tests above the national average in reading and math for their respective age, and they pay the state an equal rate per child that tests below the national average in reading and math? And those with master degrees can pay the state 3x that rate for each child that tests below the national average. That seems fair to me.
    It also speaks volumes when they equate teaching to babysitting.

  7. I have to jump into this teacher bashing. I am a retired teacher. I never liked the teacher’s union and only joined because I was forced to do so. I don’t agree with the political symbiotic relationship that has taken over the teacher’s unions and the DNC. I was fortunately never a part of a staff that was told to strike. When we had a “job action” limiting school hours to official work hours only I did not comply.
    Now I will say that there are many many fine teachers out there. There are individuals who love children, who spend innumerable hours preparing lessons, calling parents and motivating students. I was in the classroom for 21 years and do not regret a second of it. For most of the years that I was teaching I was in the primary grades. My children did learn. My students did love school. And though I have been retired for six years, I still have former students and/ or their parents as friends. The strike in Wisconsin is ugly. I hope and pray that Governor Walters is successful in breaking the backs of the teacher’s union but I do not feel that teachers and the profession I am proud of deserves so much animosity. The unions deserve animosity but the teachers in the classrooms (those not out picketing) deserve respect. Many people like to say that teachers only work 184 days a year and they foolishly compare it to 365 days. In actuality individuals in the private sector have weekends off so you can subtract 104 days from the 365. Most private sectors employees get ten federal holidays. They also get 4-6 weeks vacation so subtract another 30-40 days. The comparison becomes much smaller. Please remember that in the 21 years of teaching I was never paid for those summer months and had to plan accordingly with all of the monthly bills that don’t go away just because it was summer. Bash the unions but try to remember your smiling kindergarten teacher with affection.

    • Hrmfc,
      First of all, I appreciate you being a good teacher. I know some great teachers and I’m always respectful toward their careers. Please believe my criticism toward selfish, unappreciative teachers does not mean I am bashing the entire industry.
      Having said that, it’s pointless to get into a discussion over who works more days/hours at their job. My husband is a corporate consultant. He doesn’t get anywhere close to 4 weeks of vacation. He gets nothing off for Easter. In fact, if he gets 7 or 8 holidays in a whole year he’s doing good. And although he often works overtime he doesn’t get anything for that either.
      I’m really not trying to be snarky, but the fact is that most private workers do have it as bad (if not worse) than public teachers. I know teachers work hard, but they *don’t* work harder than everyone else. And when you look at a stock broker or a doctor pulling 70 hours a week on their feet – or you look at a pharmacist pulling a 12 hour shift where they can’t even take a lunch break – you don’t win sympathy by telling them how hard you have it.
      As I mentioned in my article, teachers already get paid a little more than the national average. We’re taking care of them the best we can. And all we seem to get in return is more complaining.

      • I hear you! My husband owns a business, and works 60-100 hours a week. And thanks to new credit laws to help people who are “suffering” in the failing economy, they are able to order product from him, he ships it, and then they do something called a “charge back” – while they still have the product!
        The onus is on the “evil” business owner to prove the buyer actually has the product. So, this means he has to wait months to receive payment, for something he has now had to pay for twice. Once to produce the product and ship it, and then again to cover the charge back.
        Contracts mean nothing now, in the age of Obama. If you own a business, you are the bad guy. Enemy of the State.

    • PS: Hrmfc also reveals one of the lesser understood facets of public education. When a teacher makes $50,000 a year, they get paid that much from Aug-May. Then they go get a different job over the summer. A friend of mine worked as a director for Girl Scout camps all summer and added an easy 3 or 4 grand to her yearly salary.
      Private sector workers don’t have the luxury of doing that.

  8. lowtechgrannie, yeah they facilitate indoctrinaton , nothing more. everything is designed to dumb these kids down, until they can’t think at all.
    All anyone had to do was read both of Obama’s books and he would never have been elected. Howeverm, with that said, many of the parents either can’t read well or don’t read anything but the funnies.

  9. HRMFC,
    I treasure real teachers. Unfortunately, the new system of education is more about social engineering than imparting knowledge. When they implemented the education restructuring in my state in 1993, all the educators experienced and dedicated to the traditional model of Disciplined-Knowledge were offered early retirement.
    I know a wonderful teacher with a doctorate in her field who was terminated just a year before retirement because she continued in the traditional method and did not use OBE techniques. She ended up suing the School District and the Teacher’s Union and got a job teaching in a parochial school. She was born to teach and she would not back down.

  10. Wow, a pro-union chain letter, lololol, good on you for exposing it and expressing displeasure with it. Scary that some teachers would actually fall for a chain letter, but that wouldn’t include the teachers who really are in it to help educate people. Don’t let this silly chain speak for all teachers. Sure, there are some duds out there, there were definitely rotten teachers when I was in school, but there were good ones too, really good ones. Glad to see a conservative exposing and smashing a left-wing chain forward for a change. That needs to be done a lot more often while conservatives need to stop spreading chain letters that play on their own political sentiments.

  11. Teachers work much more than you think. Sure they get summers off, but most of that time is spent planning for the following year-no pay for that. Teachers work at home grading papers, stay late to help students who are struggling-no pay. At minimum teachers are working around 55-70 hours per week.
    They about their students progress and how to improve it. Pay for supplies for their class out of their own pocket. Teachers communicate with parents on students progress. Teachers are trying to educate a class of 20-30 students while trying to implement IEP’s for students in special ed that are placed in their classroom.
    Many mentioned that police, firefighters, and soldiers get paid less or about the same as teachers as if there was something wrong with it. Teachers all have college degrees and must pass several certification exams just to get a license. They must accrue continuing education hours to keep their license yearly. The $50,000 that teachers earn per year is well deserved. Many teachers make less than $50,000.
    Talk to a teacher and find out their frustrations, and concerns over the educational system instead of hating them. They care deeply about our nations children and their furture.
    If you think that you can do better then by all means get a degree, get certified and start teaching!

    • LB, with all due respect, working 70 hours a week is not special or unique. Working that many hours with no overtime pay? Nothing special there either. Go talk to any doctor, nurse, pharmacist, stock trader, restaurant owner, or just about anyone else, and they’ll tell you they work too hard for not enough money.
      And they’re not tearing down the state capital over it.

      • Nurses do get overtime pay, so do pharmacist’s ( my cousin is one so I verified with her). . Everyone seems to have an idea of how to do a teachers job better. My point is teachers work hard for their money and most care for the children they are teaching. We are not tearing down the state capital over it either. As with any profession if you want quality practioners you should provide decent pay. In my state there are no “cadillac” health plans for teachers. We pay into our own pension program so when we retire we DO NOT draw Social Security. Teachers are asking for just a little respect. All of us worked hard through college to become teachers just like the professions you listed above. Instead of criticizing, spend some time in the classroom to find out what it is to actually be a teacher.

        • You think I don’t know any public school teachers? You think I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes? I have teachers in my family. In fact, back in my more liberal days I attended a teachers’ protest in Washington State. I know exactly how hard teachers work.
          And I can assure you, 80% of the people in America work even harder.

  12. Teachers are amongst that 80%. Enough said.

    • Teachers are among the 80% of people who work harder than teachers? Okay.
      Get some sleep. I hope you have a good night.


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