Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teachers, The Ultimate Freeloaders?

Oh Fox News, no wonder even Sesame Street took a jab at you.  ("I only watch Pox News, now there's a trashy network!" said by a grouch *no, not Oscar*)  The current ridiculousness coming from their programs, that I had the misfortune of coming across, is their attempt to convince people that teachers are living large at the expense of the country.  Yes, I totally believe the folks who are responsible for educating our young citizens, are in fact taking the country for a financial ride.  Can't you just feel my eyes rolling?  They are clearly overpaid  for what they do.  I mean they just have to teach our kids, prepare them for the future, lead them in the right direction to keep them out of trouble, deal with dead beat parents, contract every single germ their class of children who clearly don't know how minimize the spreading of whatever illness they are carrying bring in to them, spend their evenings and weekends making lesson plans, grading papers, doing parent teacher conferences, advising extracurricular activities, and spending their summers continuing their education.  I'm sure there are things I left out, but I'm sure they are also equally unimportant. 

On Fox News, they were trying to argue that teachers are indeed overpaid, and that they simply work until 2 or 3, then go home and do nothing for the rest of the night.  They also do nothing all summer long.  I'm not sure what kind of teachers these folks knew, but I cannot think of one of the teachers I have known in my life who had that kind of sweet deal.  I've never known any teacher to be flaunting their millions, and sailing away in one of their many seaworthy vessels the second school lets out for the summer.  They were painting them as greedy do-nothings, who had easy, unimportant jobs that were not worth their pay. 

We pay our teachers ridiculous salaries, alright.  They are totally underpaid for what they do.  Our children's future is in their hands.  They can prepare our kids for college, and for the world.  They are not only an intellectual influence on our kids, but also social examples.  They can inspire, counsel, and even comfort our kids.  Sure, there are bad teachers, as there are always those who do not do well in their jobs, and we do need a way to handle that.  But, let's not get carried away and start acting like teachers are a group of swindlers, freeloading thanks to the taxpayers, and bamboozling us out of money for nothing. 

Maybe these guys really did have bad teachers, and that's why they feel that way.  Maybe their teachers did such a poor job, and that is why they are so ignorant and uneducated.  But please, give them a spot on national tv to share their brand of stupidity with the world.

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