There was a story in the Billings Gazette last Friday that was not most interesting for its content, but for the response of the Gazette's readers. The story discussed a now-scrapped plan to increase base pay of the teachers in the district.
Just as vermin will invariably enter a dirty home, the typical critics of education, with their delightful spelling and syntax, emerged, decrying the excessive pay of teachers. For example, one critic was scandalized that a starting teacher might take home $15.38 an hour, and another
At 8:07 a.m., though, the teachers started to respond:
I know for a fact that I put in well above 40 hours a week. It may not be in the classroom, but corrections and lesson planning done at home is just the same amount of work.
This is not a 9-5 job, and anyone who thinks it is doesn't get up to a 5:30 alarm or attend school board meetings until 10:00 at night.
Just a thought, folks. If you want to convince someone that teachers work hard, maybe you shouldn't be posting political comments on a newspaper during the work day.