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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The Wages of Teaching

I came across this article by Anna Quindlen of Newsweek Magazine

No school administrator should ever receive a percentage raise greater than the raise teachers get. Neither should state legislators

Nov. 28, 2005 issue - A couple of years ago I spent the day at an elementary school in New Jersey. It was a nice average school, a square and solid building with that patented classroom aroma of disinfectant and chalk, chock-full of reasonably well-behaved kids from middle-class families. I handled three classes, and by the time I staggered out the door I wanted to lie down for the rest of the day.

Teaching's the toughest job there is. In his new memoir, "Teacher Man," Frank McCourt recalls telling his students, "Teaching is harder than working on docks and warehouses." Not to mention writing a column. I can stare off into the middle distance with my chin in my hand any time. But you go mentally south for five minutes in front of a class of fifth graders, and you are sunk.

1 comment:

JJ Glendenning said...

I somewhat agree with you, but administrators do a lot of work, they shoulder a lot responsibility and therefore should bring a fair wage. If we want great schools, we need to hire great people in general.

We could save the most money by elimiting waste. We should have something like an aquistion officer. Schools still purchase single items from Wal-Mart and the such, we need to change that. Even I know that when you buy in bulk you save, they buy some on bulk but not all. If the school functioned as a single unit it would function better.