"#107 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2019-10-15 01:35 PM"
Sorry Jeff, but for once speaksofty gets it right.
Teachers are grossly underpaid considering their education level. Most college grads make much more than $56,000/yr after a few years on the job.
They work much more than 40 hours a week. My sister is a 5th grade teacher. She spends at least 2 or three hours a night grading papers, preparing lesson plans, getting together materials for projects (which she pays out of her own pocker) staying after school to talk to parents about their kids' (I won't get into the stress of dealing with parents who defend their darling little class-disrupting demonic kids), the mounds of paperwork required to document aforementioned kids... I could go on because I've seen it. On stress: Sure, no job is stress free, but to have to sit and bite your tongue when a parent blames you for their ------- kid's failings must be really hard.
(on grading papers, I help her sometimes. I love grading the spelling and dictation papers. They're a hoot. The kids know I help and they say they like it when I grade theirs because I'm not as strict as my sister. I don't count 'texas' as a misspelling, e.g. just because it's not capitalizd. LOL That's a grammar, not spelling error. I'm more likely to give a 'gold star' sticker. The kids love that.)
My sister is a very good teacher and has won teacher of the year for her school twice and once for the 5th grade teacher for the entire district. Also her classes consistently do better on the standardized tests given at the end of the year. So maybe other teachers don't work as hard or put as much into it as she does.
And that brings up another thing. As hard as my sister works and even though she has won TotY three times, has the highest scoring students, she doesn't get paid a cent more than the lame ass teacher with as much tenure and whose classes are consistently the lowest academically. That pisses her off and I don't blame her. Merit should be considered in salary.
But thats the union's fault and another story.