An Amusing Story About Education

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. 


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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