Adventures in Babysitting!

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Disclaimer: I'm usually not one for political blog posting or chain letter emails. Today is an exception (maybe I'm feeling sappy). Today, this one struck me as pretty effing profound. My boyfriend is a teacher; my sister, my mother, my grandmother, my aunt, my uncle, my grandfather, my step-grandfather -- all educators, I suppose it's personal. I also want to share this in support of the public workers of Wisconsin. 

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?
     Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.

     That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours).

     Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to babysit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
That's $585 X 180= $105,300
per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about the special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an
hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students= $9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student...

A very inexpensive babysitter and they even EDUCATE your kids! WHAT A DEAL!!!!
A teacher somewhere in your neighborhood tonight is grading and preparing lessons to teach your children while you are watching television. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are using their "free time," and often investing their own money, for your child's literacy, prosperity, and future.
On another note (trying to paint a more full perspective) my coworker told me Charley Sheen is refusing to continue his network show unless he's paid 3million per episode (the current 1.2million isn't cutting it--mouths to feed people, mouths to feed). Let's do some checks and balances, folks. I could just spit.


Simple Diva said...

best post I have read in ages!

Bethany'sBazodi said...

stumbled across your blog. I'm a teacher-to-be and I give this post a hearty huzzah!