(In a moment of extreme rarity, I'm actually posting before 11 pm. It's a miracle, I tell you -- a miracle!)

Last night, I was reading a thread about someone who could not imagine how teachers could survive on a salary of less than $50,000/yr (current average in the US for teachers is around $46K).

It jogged my memory about something I'd received via email a while back, and I just had to reprint it here:


I, for one, am sick and tired of those high paid teachers. Their hefty salaries are driving up taxes and they only work nine or ten 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...I would give them $3.00 dollars an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time. That would be 15 dollars a day. Each parent should pay 15 dollars a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now, how many do they teach in a day.... maybe 25.

Then that's 15 X 25 = $375 a day.

But remember they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay them for any vacations.

Let's see... *that's 375 x180 = $67,500.00

(Hold on, my calculator must need batteries!)

What about those special teachers or the ones with master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage just to be fair. Let's round it off to $6.00 an hour. That would be $6 times 5 hours times 25 children times 180 days = $135,000.00 per year.

Wait a minute, there is something wrong here!!!

As the daughter of two school teachers, I appreciated this deeply.

Posted byPortlyDyke at 11:45 AM  


Brian said... April 4, 2008 at 2:38 PM  

I love this!

Bob said... April 4, 2008 at 2:41 PM  

/checks location of sun in sky to be certain that the earth hasn't been knocked out of orbit/


That is a truly wonderful idea for paying teachers. My mom taught High School English for 20 years, and the last year she taught her salary broke the $20k mark. And she has multiple masters degrees.

Gender Blank said... April 5, 2008 at 5:50 PM  

MonkeyPants was a high school teacher, and if she'd been paid this well, we wouldn't have to live in a residence hall with 200 students today. :)

NameChanged said... April 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM  

I'm a teacher, and I love this idea.

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