Now, I can't argue about k-6th teachers being over paid... But when you get into the high school level, a higher education and tolerances for teen assholes is mandatory.
My wife is a High School Pre-AP and AP(college level) Biology teacher, and team leader of the biology department. She typically is at work from 6am in the morning, to 6pm in the evening. Helping students, grading, and putting together lesson plans. She will go work out for an hour, come and help fix dinner/eat and then get back to work for another 2-3 hours. On the weekend she normally works an additional 12 hours. In summery for nearly slightly over 9months out of the year she is doing 80-90 hour work weeks.
Last year, her and I both put in about $3k in school supplies for her classes.
She makes 48k a year, She pays about 1k a year in health benefits a year.
So knock that down to 47k, minus that 3k in school supplies... $44k...
Typical school year is about 34 weeks. 80 hour weeks for 34 weeks is right at $15-16 an hour...
Now this DOES NOT include all the work she does over the summer to prepare for the next year. It also does not count all the additional "learning" hours she is required to do every year. Also the fact that she maintains a wiki/facebook page where students can at any time ask questions on homework and she will reply almost instantly as it goes to her phone..
She could arguably be making around $10 an hour.... So if you think she is "overpaid" a big FUCK YOU my friend...
NOW, she will admit as a team leader...that some of her co-teachers should have been laid off years ago for being worthless pieces of shit that only work for 7:30 to 3:15 and refuse to work any more then that.
For those that will say, "well she knew what she was getting into..." Really? So who do you want to teach your students? My wife, or some bumb fuck teacher that only "works" 7:30 to 3:15 and doesn't give a shit about your child's education?
Another thing that bothers me is when she sends request home to the parents to help buy basic school supplies... Paper, scissors, pencils, etc. I don't know how many of them send her nasty emails about how they shouldn't have to pay for any of that and how it's her responsibility....
She is currently taking a class or two a semester to get her masters so she can start teaching at a college...
Now on the subject of Governor Christie and the teachers union... I'm glad he stuck it to them...
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