What Do Teachers Make

I’m torn on the whole “how much should a teacher be paid” issue.

One the one hand, they do amazing work…  I know.  I was one of them.

Teachers do not make a lot, but they have the ability to change lives.  Although they deal with a lot – badly behaving children/young adults, not a whole lot of free time throughout the day, constantly being “on” – they still have the energy to shape minds and make students believe that they can do whatever they want.

They SHOULD be paid more than they are.

Except that they aren’t.  As it IS a pretty good deal to be a teacher, their paychecks reflect that.  They have a nice lifestyle.  Who wouldn’t want summers and federal holidays off and work days typically ending at 3pm?

But many teachers don’t do the minimum.  They aren’t there just for the paycheck.  Many are correcting papers late at night.  Many take on second jobs because they aren’t paid a whole lot.

It can be immensely rewarding to be a teacher, which is the point of the clip.  The good ones make their students learn that if they work hard, they can follow their heart and do what they want to do.

“Sports” Story

I was reading Sports Illustrated today, and I was casually checking the “Sign of the Apocalypse” as I do every week.  Sometimes there is some good stuff, or at least some food for thought.

This weeks:

“Tiger Woods was mentioned on the cover of the New York Post for 20 consecutive days, surpassing the 9/11 attacks (19 days) for the longest streak in the paper’s history.”

Has it just been a slow news month?  While I admit, it is a juicy story, do we really need so much coverage of it?

Really?  There is more to write about in the Tiger situation than during 9/11?  Really?!