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The other day we published this blog about some ratchet trap queen of a mother who stormed into Brockton High School after receiving a text message from her bratty kid, who claimed the teacher was making fun of her. Instead of being a normal, civilized person, this lovely human being rushed into the school without permission, found her daughter’s classroom and tried to fight the teacher. Completely savage behavior. When we posted the story on Facebook we said that teachers don’t get paid enough, particularly considering how common place incidents like this are. Usually it’s not parents storming into schools like this, but there are a never ending supply of troglodytes who think rules don’t apply to them. Teachers are expected to teach them all effectively despite these type of distractions.
We figured everyone would agree with this common sense assessment, but we forgot how stupid some people can be. Enter this guy:
The average over $80,000 a year? Yes, that’s what it says when you Google “Brockton teacher salaries.” Except that’s not actually what they get paid. Ya see, any moron can Google something and see what comes up first, but smart people actually click on the links to see the real story. Ya see, this same thing happened last year in Worcester, when Spanky McFarlane incorrectly said that Worcester Public School teachers made an average of $91,500 per year. Because when you look online, you find this chart:
Worcester has the third highest paid teachers in the state? Doesn’t sound right. That’s because it’s not:
According to the Massachusetts Department of Education, the average Worcester public school teacher salary as of 2013 was $91,500, compared with the statewide average of $72,620. But according to Brian Allen, chief financial and operations officer for the school system, Worcester’s average teacher salary is actually closer to $72,000.
What gives? The state, apparently, is dividing the amount of money the city says it spends on teachers by the number of teachers on staff.
“In Worcester, the problem has been that they classified some special education teachers as special education ‘staff,’ so their pay was included in the calculation but the teacher herself/himself was not, which skews (the average salary) to the high side,” according to the state.
“If Worcester categorizes the special education teachers as teachers instead of staff, it should fix the problem.”
Gotcha. Makes sense now. Turns out teacher in Brockton don’t really average $82,000 a year either. It’s just a dumb guy on the Internet saying dumb things.
Yes, teachers generally pay a smaller percentage of their healthcare packages than workers in the private sector. They also have pensions, that they pay into, so it’s really their money. Also, municipalities do have “a choice.” This is something known as “collective bargaining.” Civilized countries allow workers to organize and agree to terms of employment with their employers. School Committees definitely have a choice when it comes to teacher salaries, and generally they meet in the middle somewhere. That’s why they call it bargaining. Stupid facts!!!
Speaking of facts, here’s the findings of the Mass budget report:
In both the private sector and the public sector, workers with more education receive higher salaries. Public sector workers in Massachusetts with higher levels of education, however, earn less than private sector workers with the same level of education (at least a bachelor’s degree or higher), and earn less in overall compensation after factoring in retirement and health benefits. Claims that public sector wages are higher than private sector wages ignore the significant differences in the composition of the public and private sector workforce: overall public sector jobs require higher levels of education than private sector jobs, so even though public sector workers get paid less than private sector workers with the same levels of education, the average salary overall is higher.
So many stupid things. Don’t know where to begin. Let’s start with “teachers only work half of the year.” Only a moron thinks this. Obviously numbnuts here doesn’t have any teachers in his family or friends. I know teachers and I see how hard they work. It’s insane.
Oh yea, and it’s all unpaid. English teachers with 130 students have 130 papers to correct. Try reading 130 papers from 15 year olds while making the appropriate corrections, and verifying their works cited. If the teacher rushes through them they can probably finish reading a paper in 10 minutes. Multiple that by 130 papers, and that’s 1,300 unpaid minutes. Pretty standard. Oh yea, and when they’re done with that they can take care of their families, call parents, and fill up gigantic binders with “evidence” that they are doing their jobs, in case some fix figured dooshnozzle from the DESE does a pop-in and wants to make sure teachers are doing their job. Because a binder will prove that.
Then there’s elementary school teachers who are up to their ears in IEP’s, lesson plans, meetings with parents, and a plethora of other unpaid activities. All those IEP’s require teachers to provide INDIVIDUALIZED lesson plans. In districts like Brockton there are more kids on IEP’s. So on top of the regular duties of lesson planning, they also have to create dozens of INDIVIDUAL lesson plans for INDIVIDUAL students. But they do it anyway because they’re addicted to helping kids learn.
Elementary teachers don’t just teach one course either – they teach ALL of the courses. Which means even more lesson planning. Yay!! Try planning sever hours of consecutive structured activities with six year olds. Wicked easy!!! Oh yea, and elementary school teachers aren’t really teachers anymore. They’re really social workers who have to have “morning meetings,” write meaningless objectives on their board, and deal with kids who are so psychologically damaged that they need to be put into “calm down rooms” so they don’t hurt other kids or their teachers.
Oh yea, and the summers? Most teachers are preparing for the next year or working a second job. And did I mention that they are NOT paid for the summer vacation? Look at any teacher’s contract. Most pay them for 183 days. So when a teacher like Chuck Fahey at David Prouty is unjustly suspended for 30 days without the ability to appeal it, he doesn’t lose 1/12 of his salary, as the 30 days would indicate. He loses 1/6 of his salary, because teachers don’t get paid on weekends or vacations. But it doesn’t stop them from working anyway.
This means that vacations aren’t really vacations. They are forced furloughs. If I were a teacher and I were paid a daily wage like teachers are paid, then I’d rather keep working through the summer, because that’s a good chunk of cash you’re giving up. But teachers aren’t given that option. They have no choice but to take the school vacations off.
Oh yea, and teachers who earn more money make those salaries because they have earned Master’s degrees. Some school districts are kind enough to contribute to the mandated courses that teachers are supposed to take in their nonexistent free time, but in urban districts like Worcester and Brockton, you’re on your own. At Worcester State a class costs about $1,000, and you pretty much have to take one every semester for the rest of your life or you lose your license.
Let’s suppose you have a Master’s Degree and you’re working in the private sector. You’re interested in teaching because Andrew Klein is talking about all the sweet hookups you’re gonna get. Well, let’s look at what you’d be paid to be a first year public school teacher in Lynn with a Master’s Degree:
$43,636. There is literally NO ONE with that sort of educational background who would take that sort of salary. You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to make $43K. That’s why so many people are leaving the profession, and the only one’s coming in are 22 year olds who have never seen that much money in their lifetime.
And for what it’s worth, $80,000 is nice, but it really ain’t that much money. And if you think it is, then you’re probably never gonna make a lot of money because you’ve set the bar so low for yourself. This is America, the land of unlimited economic opportunity. People have money to spend and they just need a place to spend it. If you supply that demand then you can be rich. Anyone who is envious of someone else because they make $80,000 a year is a chump.
This Turtleboy has always worked in the private sector. So when I see other people who work in the private sector whining about how easy people in the public sector have it, I wanna laugh at them. The beauty of working in the private sector is the possibilities are limitless. Turtleboy could explode at any moment. We could be making a shitload of money in the next few years. Who knows? That’s part of what makes it fun and exciting. The downfall is that if it doesn’t work out then we’re fucked. But that’s what makes it so exciting.
However, in the public sector there is a ceiling on how much you can make. You know you’ll never be rich, but you’ll never be poor either. It’s not as risky. That’s the whole purpose of working in the public sector. Generally people who pursue this line of work aren’t risk takers. But a society cannot function without teachers and other public sector employees, so we have to offer them health insurance packages that give them incentive to pursue these sorts of jobs.
The best part about working in the private sector and not being a teacher is that you can end a relationship with a client if you don’t like them. Some people just aren’t worth the business. But the girl who texted her mother in Brockton and told her to come to school and beat up her teacher will still be in that teacher’s class on Monday. And there’s nothing the teacher can do about it. They must play the hand they’re dealt.
Our society is filled with deadbeats and losers who reproduce like it’s going out of style. They do nothing to raise their children and then expect teachers to fix all their shortcomings. And once a year the newspapers try to humiliate them by publishing MCAS scores and teacher salaries, specifically so morons will draw the conclusion that Andrew Klein did – teachers are lazy. But the reality is that teachers don’t have magical powers to overcome shitty home environments. Then to top it off they make teachers pay out of pocket to be fingerprinted in order to prove that they are not interstate child molesters. Just to let them know that despite all of their hard work and dedication, we still don’t really trust them around kids.
Oh yea, and when a company sends one of it’s employees on a business trip to Phoenix, they usually pay for their plane ticket, hotel, and meals. When they get into the office they know there will be adequate supplies there for them to get the job done. Not teachers though. They pay for all that stuff out of their own pockets.
Last but not least I will tell you about why it’s a million times easier working in the private sector – you can take a dump whenever you want. It’s fabulous. Imagine really having to take a smash and being in a classroom that you know you can’t leave? That sounds horrifying. But teachers do it every single day.
So yea, I could go on and on and on about this, and I’m sure teachers out there reading this could list a whole bunch of stuff that we didn’t. But you get the point. People like Andrew Klein, who think that teachers are overpaid, are morons. Laugh at them, because they are a joke. Because at the end of the day, if teaching was such an easy, lucrative job, then Andrew Klein would’ve been a teacher a long, long time ago. But it’s not, and he knows it, and now you know it too.
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