Local Teacher Only Gets To Have One Ivory Back Scratcher

A sob story in today’s Las Vegas Sun wants us to empathize with the pitiful plight of a local teacher who (gasp!) works a second job. 

Of course, his second job is as an actor at the mob museum, which he says is “fun” and which he’d like to turn into a career.  He went out and got this job just because he “didn’t want to work at Wal-Mart.”  Life is nice when you have choices. 

Not exactly a coal miner, this guy. 

He’s quoted as follows: “Without this job, I’d be starving.”  Really?  According to our school district web site, with a Master’s degree and five years’ experience, he’s making over $46,000, a little above average.  The article doesn’t say if he has dependents, just that he has student loans and “$10,000 in credit card debt.” 

Sometimes, the expectations we seem to have for our lifestyles does remind me of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons, who once lamented that an employee using the company’s health care plan would mean he’d have to go without another ivory back scratcher

Some questions for people who complain about teacher salaries:

If things are so bad now, then does that mean that they weren’t so bad a few years ago?  But didn’t you complain about teacher salaries then, too?  Doesn’t your attitude now make the past hand-wringing seem disingenuous? 

If poor teacher salaries are nothing new, then why did you choose to become a teacher?  Didn’t you know what you were getting yourself into? 

Exactly what should teacher salaries be?  How do you arrive at that amount? 

How do you account for all the people who make less than you do and/or have more expenses, yet manage to thrive comfortably, without “starving”? 

By the way, I’m a teacher and I’ve worked a second job at night for seven years now.  It’s called life.  Deal with it.

2 comments on “Local Teacher Only Gets To Have One Ivory Back Scratcher

  1. I’d happily forgo a raise if they would remove 15 to 20 kids from my class, so I can ‘really’ teach to all my students. It would also be nice if there was some way to deal with students who are big disrupters. Too much of our time is spent giving attention to the kids who have no intention of learning/succeeding. Leaving little time to affect the ‘fence sitters”.

    These days I feel as though many parents expect us to perform miracles with their little Johnnies & Susies. Even though they have no control of them at home, and we have 30 – 40 at a time! Not to mention that they really begrudge giving us any money for our efforts. They are getting very good at handing out the harsh criticisms, however!

    End of year vent completed….

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