As the coming school year bears down, my mind is on teachers. I'm upset when I hear tell of the somewhat abusive environment in which they operate. In our society is a tacit expectation for teachers to magically fix everything, using their good heart and pure love for helping the kids; so much so that at times they even do it for free. No other degree-holding professional would be so heavily expected to donate their time outside contracted work hours — but in order for a teacher to do the job expected, and a job well done, they must.

I would advise all teachers to stand up in protest and only work those hours for which you're being paid. Your union is not standing up for you. Your politicians are not standing up for you. It is time to stand and let your voice be heard. You all have much experience with that.

Ron Hill

Salt Lake City