Every teacher I know complains about the "Teach to the Test" Federal and
State requirements that prevents them from really doing the job they were
trained to do. It takes all the satisfaction out of the work. They deserve to
be paid well, but I'll bet the extra pay would just delay their exit from a
profession that is shackled by government regulattion.
Re: Eric SamuelsenYou missed the point of my post in your nice
little paraphrase...It is about supply and demand. Reread my post and try
again?You saw what you wanted to see.
Samson:To paraphrase: my highly qualified teacher friend quit, to make
more money in the private sector. If more teachers did that, teacher salaries
would go up, and education would improve. Huh?
Re: "We are being left behind the world because we will not quit the absurd
quibbling. It's time to do it and quit the blame game."Agreed.So, when do think UEA/NEA might start to curb its absurd
quibbling [not to mention its outright lying], quit the blame game that attempts
to divert blame for its failures on parents, taxpayers, legislators -- and
anyone else near at hand -- and get on with teaching?
Unless things have changed considerably in the past 10 years, there are no lines
of qualified teachers waiting to take jobs in physical sciences, mathematics, or
special education. In fact the number of applicants for those jobs is often
less than the number of openings EACH school year.
My association has stood up for my students and my profession on multiple
levels. I am proud to belong to the UEA and as I read the remarks of this
writer, I have to say that he is out of touch with the work of the association
and all they have done to uphold the profession and to fight for a great public
school for every child.Just one more anti-union diatribe with little
or no knowledge of the facts. Truly sad.
Some simple math on 2000 hours a year (10hrs/day x 5day/week x 40weeks/yr) show
that most teachers with an advanced degree making 60K, are earning $30/hr, not
$15/hr. Nobody's holding a gun to your head, if you don't like those
marbles, pick up and leave. I think there is a good reason why 10 people are
waiting to take your place. If your so valuable, prove it in the real world.
Kind of giving your the benefit of the doubt on the 10 hr a day thing, so the
numbers above are being generous. Sure some teachers are in and out the door
with the bell, and some come early and stay late. So what? I don't know why
you all lump yourselves together, as though you all have the same value.
Don't go on about all the extra work you do in the evening and crud. That
is the real world, most people on a salary, do some sort of extra work, without
extra compensation, or they pick up and move on if they are not happy!
Actually, we are part of the best, most helpful and protective union in the
history of the world. It sometimes goes by the name of United States of
America. And while it is owned and controlled mostly by the management,
ordinary people have benefited from its efforts.
To "Ron Hill" what planet do you live on? Doctors, nurses, and EMTs are
required by law to help others if they come across acident scenes where their
help is needed. Mechanics, electricians, and plumbers are often taken advantage
of by their neighbors looking for free help. Lawyers get the same treatment,
along with real estate agents, accountants, and many other professionals.You state that they should be paid for the hours that they work. We
already do that. Teachers work 70% the number of days that most other
professionals work, yet they want to be paid as much as everybody else.If you want to go by hours in a year that they work, then they should be
working the same number of hours. How many teachers do you know of that put in
11 hours every day? That is what they would have to put in to equal what an
No teacher in Utah is REQUIRED to teach at a public school. If a teacher has
the skills to teach at a school that pays more than his local public school, he
is free to change jobs. Invoking a strike to force people to accept less than
they have paid for is not the only way to "fix" education. Good
teachers are in demand. Good teachers are paid well. Good teachers don't
always teach at the public schools, just like good scientists, good engineers
and good janitors don't always work for the government.Those
who want security will work for the government. Those who want to use their
skills to help society will often work in the private sector. Those
whose skills are lacking will demand that a "union" protect them. Those
whose skills are superior will let their skills do the "talking".I don't know of anyone in my field who relies on a "union"
for job protection. We stay trained. We provide the services expected. We
don't complain. Maybe those complaining teachers should spend a few years
working in the private sector to see what their skills are really worth.
As a former teacher, I don't feel comfortable with the idea of "working
to contract." I believe a professional doesn't work to a clock. At the
same time, the constant badmouthing and denigration of the educational
profession is so prevalent in Utah that I'm surprised anyone wants to be a
teacher here. People applying for a teaching job in Utah should get a
psychological exam, not to tell if they're qualified but to check on their
Many of us have teachers who have had a significant influence in our growth and
maturation.I can recall a few from my school days, which is one
reason I revere teachers.I suspect I'd have a different view of
teachers if my teachers heeded this gentleman's advice and told me,
"sorry I can't talk to you now, I'm off the clock."In addition to my positive experience with teachers, my respect for the
profession springs from my belief that most teachers have as their main
motivation a love of learning and a desire to pass that love along to their
students, and not a motivation to do as little as possible for the pay they
receive. I imagine there are some of both ilk in the profession and
as a result, the writer's call to action will have no impact. Those
motivated by the love of learning will ignore this gentleman's call to
action, as it is contrary to their motivation and beliefs. Those motivated only
by their paycheck have likely been doing only the bare minimum required and will
continue to do so.
@ Ron Hill, just read the headline to your letter to see the crux of the
problem. The conservative anti-union commenters as well as the sponsor of this
forum shift the blame of our educational issues onto a powerless representative
of a small minority of teachers. Again, I say over and over that blaming the
only teacher advocate is a farce. It is the establishment of our community that
continues to give education lip service and lip service only. You can nit-pick
over how much a teacher or an administrator makes but the bottom line is that
America is failing it's obligation to educate our children and Utah is
failing at the same rate. We are being left behind the world because we will not
quit the absurd quibbling. It's time to do it and quit the blame game.
I have a friend who was a teacher. He taught science and mathematics. He has a
Masters degree. He simply decided that his skills were worth more elsewhere and
they were. He stopped teaching. Now Utah is down a teacher. If other teachers
did the same, the pay scale would go up. However, when my friend decided to get
out of teaching, there were ten people lined up to take his job. Supply and demand. It really is just that simple. If Utah were truly faced
with a shortage of teachers, not the projected kind that we have seen in the
past, but the close-the-schools kind, the legislature would do more to attract
them. Right now? There are a lot of people talking but there really is no need
for action. Some would say that we should act before we go off the
cliff but I think most of us feel that is just an empty threat. Until it
actually happens, don't hold your breath for change.The reason
I do not support the teacher's union is because is subverts that process of
supply and demand.
Re: "I would advise all teachers to stand up in protest . . . ."Yeah -- you have nothing to lose but your chains! Occupy the
schoolroom!What a load! Teachers with Master's DON'T get
paid $15 and hour -- it's double that. And they make more in their 6/7-hour
days and 9/10-month workyears than most Utah workers make in a full-time,
full-year job.These leftist, trade unionist, formulaic Common Core
[TM] teachers can't seem to find the ability to teach, but they sure know
how to whine.The vast, vast majority of teachers are, of course,
good teachers, with good skills and a good work ethic. But they are ill-served
by a vocal, rapacious, left-leaning trade union that seems intent on making them
all look bad.It's sad that that we so seldom hear from them, as
they're intimidated by attacks of that unholy alliance of marginal
teachers, chronic whiners, and grasping union bosses, any time they publicly
express the gratitude they feel for their calling, profession, and remuneration.
Imagine how fast the Utah State legislature would magically find the money to
pull Utah out of the gutter of education nationally IF the Teachers actually
could go on a short 2 week strike!Problem solved...for EVERYBODY.
I think the problem is the exact opposite.Unions have no power
anymore. If anything, the public needs to support unions. It is the
only way to combat the voucher hungry and greedy Utah Legislature, who are
looking to strip education to the bone.
There is one and only one thing a union can do for its workers and that is to
plan for and organize to withhold services in absence of better pay or working
conditions. Without the threat of a strike the "union" is useless. The
problem in Utah is that the hatred for anything to do with schools and unions
runs so deep in the legislature that the possibility is real that they would
respond with hiring non certified or even non college grads to fill in for the
strikers. The schools run today with widespread understaffing so it seems
certain there would never be enough people to replace any strikers. The pay for
teachers in every State that touches Utah's borders is 20% to 60% higher
than here and the prospect is that in ten years it will be twice that gap.
The public needs to stand up for Unions, before it is too late, if it is not
already too late.
The sad truth is that the people who benefit people over business are put down
while the people like the military who have done little to nothing for the
people are made heroes because they benefit business operations.
Of course Unions will not stand up for teachers. Its their money the unions
want! Follow the money!
I laugh daily watching Utahns trampling Union workers, most with advanced
Master's Degrees making $15 and hour, as making TOO much and ruining our
economy believing they are veiled socialists and are trying to destroy
America...While cheering corporate CEOs making $60,000 an hour, who
have done nothing more than promote and support REAL Communists in China while
saying they are working SO hard, are worth each and every penny, and they
deserve it!Who is Babylon?and who is Utah worshipping?