it's industry wide here in northern california
it's the same for my sister in law in northern arkansas
i know of no district where pay scale is not tied to units
and units, like i said, are really very cheap, at least compared to the payoff
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Their pensions are higher because they negotiated higher benefits with the taxpayer's representatives in exchange for the lower salaries they have. Their total compensation is no higher than in the private sector for the same education level. By eliminating collective bargaining you are reducing the capability to not only provide a compensation to attract and retain the best and brightest, but you are also committing schools to continued problems of high student to teacher ratios and decreased instruction time.
"the states that actually have lots of teachers in teacher unions tend to be the states that have done the best in terms of academic success in this country. And the states that don't tend to be the worst."
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
if you prorate my pay for 11 months work it comes to 95K
PLUS my pension which is 400% of social security
PLUS my tenured status
PLUS the fact that workers in my industry very rarely commute, we live where the kids are
PLUS the block schedule i teach which affords me 100 minutes of prep per day
this year, for instance, i don't start teaching even days until 10:15, and odd days i have a one hundred and thirty five minute gap in the middle of my schedule (which is not necessarily a good thing)
PLUS the fact that the most stress i really have to deal with is some high school girl with attitude
teaching is a great profession, i highly recommend it
we're one of the few industries these days with much measure of job security
Do many of your colleagues share your point of view on these things? How would you characterize the professional demeanor of those you work with every day?
To the Prof: I would like to thank you for the free education that you just provided me regarding your profession. It surely is refreshing to find an educator willing to think outside the box and not blindly promote the liberal teaching agenda. You are truly an asset to your profession and I would allow you to teach my children any day.