He's suggested that teachers use PDD (professional development days) to check out the private sector and see how fun it is over there. Don't worry, it's only kinda scathing. :P
So yeah, discuss?
Seriously, my mother is a teacher, and she literally is babysitter, social worker, and a teacher. She leaves for work at 7 in the morning, and gets home anywhere between 4 and 6 (so a nine to eleven hour day). She deals with angry parents, difficult kids, and incompetent administrative staff day in and day out. Oh - and she makes pretty mediocre wages, to the point where she frequently tutors during the summer to help save for retirement.
I agree teachers are important, but let's not kid ourselves that they've got a tough row to hoe, relatively speaking. Now, maybe it's different, here in Ontario, than other places, but I've had a few teachers in my family and friends. They don't do so badly. You know how they spent their paid summer vacation? Other jobs. My uncle did roofing. Made a killing, plus got paid for being a teacher. I strongly believe summer-time wages ought to be regulated the same way employment insurance is: you make over X amount in a pay period, we start deducting your government wages.
|sure there are some physicists and mathematicians but not close to enough, and not all of those go into teaching. I pick engineers because there are more of those and they are also qualified to give exact subjects|
|In most countries there is a shortage of engineers, even before the private sector looses some of them to education. I teach at an engineering education, and most of our students have jobs before they graduate. The others within a couple of months after, including the very bad ones|