“Joe Biden is my hero. And Queen Elizabeth needs some fashion advice.”
TN60 on Aug 4, 2010 at 12:59:28
“The Queen is the Queen. I admire all her hats and get a kick out of them.( I love to see the hats of the black church ladies.) also. She loved Michelle and can't say I blame her. She or her aides, took the wind out of the troll's sails, who were flogging Michelle, over "touching her". She rated high in my book, for doing that.”
“But $40k per year is $40k per year regardless of paycheck frequency.”
jeremyemilio on Jul 21, 2010 at 18:20:48
“Agreed. But my reply was meant specifically for SlyPhox who suggested that teacher's get paid year around. They don't. And there is a difference. As I suggested, when a teacher tries to take a day or two off in the middle of the school year, s/he finds out that difference really quickly when the pay checks come in.
There just happens to be a lot of illiteracy out there about what teaching is about, the workload it involves, and how it is compensated. That doesn't mean everyone will all of a sudden agree that teachers are underpaid or overworked once they learn the facts... just that it's always better to know the facts.
I actually teach in Canada, where we're compensated quite fairly, and I've argued as much with my fellow teachers... but the myth that we don't earn it is still a bit frustrating. It's a really, really, difficult and often exhausting job.”
“Didn't know that. Honestly, I'm surprised anyone would be willing to take the extra work and coach for free. In all honesty, the root of my lack of sympathy comes from every teacher I know making more than I do. Same education level, same time on the job, more pay. And I don't have a union to keep me employed and guarantee pay raises, despite budget shortages.”
jeremyemilio on Jul 21, 2010 at 18:39:29
“Yep. I know where you're coming from. I've worked in just about every field you can imagine (from farm labour, to research work, to factory work, to retail, to teaching high school and university). I have regularly pointed out to my teacher colleagues that there are plenty of people out there working as hard as or harder than us for much less. I grew up the son of a part time carpenter and small town pastor, so I know what it really means to struggle. I remember one of my university profs complaining that the garbage collector made a better salary than her, to which I responded that she could probably get a job collecting garbage if she really wanted one. The truth is, I think it's a bit silly for anyone to complain too much about how bad they have it or how good someone else has it. If someone thinks another field of work has it so much better, then hey, change fields. I'm in the process of transitioning out of teaching, myself. I have three degrees complete, and am in the final stages of a PhD, all in the field of English Literature and Education, but the truth is, while it pays fine around here and has a great retirement plan and involves good vacation time, teaching is a hassle (although I'm very good at it), and is often indescribably frustrating, so I'm going in another direction.”
“I appreciate the comment, thank you. Only thing I can say to this is that coaching is a paid position above the base salary. And there are part-time jobs that pay more than that coaching position. And I too bring work home to keep up, lower revenues translate to leaner staff, which equals larger workload per employee.”
jeremyemilio on Jul 21, 2010 at 17:15:19
“I forgot about coaching being a paid position in parts of the US. Here in Canada, we coach for free. Anyway, I certainly don't deny that other people work very, very hard as well. I'm just trying to counter the myth that teacher's have it easy. I can't imagine having a second job during the school year. I'm an English teacher and as such I easily spend 20 hours per week, every week, reading and grading papers, another 20 or so reading the material I will teach and making lesson plans, and another 10 or so coaching, and another 10 doing paper work and making parental contact, etc., etc., ... then there's that business of actually teaching to get around to.”
“Let me apologize deeply for misspelling sympathy. That obviously offended you. On an hourly basis teachers make significantly more than the average American. In regards to your comment about not getting paid for 8 weeks off the job, it's not as if they don't get paid. 52 weeks or 44 weeks, it's still the same annual salary. And I don't have a problem with paying educators a decent living wage, but since when is $40k+ not a living wage? If you can't make it on $40k maybe you need to reassess your lifestyle and live within your means. And furthermore, the have the extra time off to take on a second job. Most people that work a full time job, year round, would be working nearly 80 hours a week to fit a 25 hour part time job into their life. Welcome to the real world is my point.”
“Sorry, no simpathy. Try fitting a second job into a 60 hour work week without 8 weeks off mid-year.”
jeremyemilio on Jul 21, 2010 at 16:30:08
“Teachers DO work a 60 hour work week (if they're lucky).
Typical teacher's day:
Be in the school by 8:00 to set up.
Grab a quick bite while working through lunch on detention or hall duty or giving extra help.
Coach after school until 6 or so.
Grab something to eat and then lesson plan and grade papers and tests until 9 or 10 (unless, of course, you need to supervise a dance, or coach your team in a game).
Somewhere in there try to fit in making contact with parents, updating student files, recording and calculating grades, tracking down books and other materials, meeting with students, with other teachers, and with your departmental and administrative leaders.
Spend the weekend trying to catch up (unless you're on a road trip with the soccer team, or drama club, or whatever other extra curricular you're involved in).
Start all over on Monday.
If you still have no sympathy, try looking at it this way: There is no way a teacher with a second job is able to fulfil all of his/her duties as a teacher.”
Sarita1225 on Jul 21, 2010 at 16:15:04
“If the teachers were paid more, and therefore able to focus more attention on their students, perhaps you would have been able to spell better and have the education to find a better job. And it isn't like they're getting paid for eight weeks off of the job. How insensitive of you. If you have a problem with paying our educators a decent living wage, then I hope your children (if you have any) don't go to public school.”
“Got to agree with Ravi and recasper on this. The neighborhoods you listed are very pricey for a reason, "happening" scene, if that's what you like. You can live outside the scene, pay significantly lower rents AND have parking, all while being within walking distance or short train ride to the Loop or LP/Lakeview.”
“They should have plead not-guilty on the grounds they were in the country as consultants for the new Angelina Jolie movie "Salt", in which she plays a Russian spy. This plea could be supported by the fact that..."None of the people involved from my understanding provided any information that couldn't be obtained on the Internet"”
“Now if we can only find a way to get all these lazy unemployed drug addicts out to vote...I know free dime for everyone that votes against these clowns!!”
HotRNDee on Jul 7, 2010 at 18:19:04
“I will take a vacation day come November to drive the poor souls who have lost their cars and homes due to being unemployed to go and Vote these idiots out of office,,,and hopefully they wont be able to collect any benefits,,,see how they live on a poverty wage...but then again,,,ALL politicans KNOW someone who will GIVE them a JOB-qualified for or not....and lets drug test them too”