Yeah, they are. Sure they make a decent wage, but when you break down how many hours they actually spend on lesson planning, grading, writing report cards, etc, beyond the classroom hours ... it's not that much. Plus they spend a lot of their own money, out of pocket, on supplies, books, resources, etc for the classrooms, for our kids. Too many people look at the wage and break it down as a 9:00 to 3:30, M - F thing, and teachers work so much more than that. All the teachers I know are doing school related work on evenings and weekends and are in the school throughout the summer, not to mention those who volunteer time coaching/supervising extra curricular activites.
All that without even getting into the attitudes not only from the kids, but the parents, whose little Johnny or Susie should be getting better grades and of course would never have a discipline/behaviour issue!
at 12:32 PM on Feb. 14, 2011