Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Try stepping into the shoes of a teacher

In times of economic difficulties, we often see criticism of pay. But as editors sit behind a desk doing research and interviews, there are teachers in the classroom molding students' minds and creating learning environments for the fate of our future.

In this day and age, these learning environments are more closely monitored by restrictive legislation. Also, teaching is about being on stage 180 days, which I compare to a live theatre performance or a basketball game that lasts for that amount of time, and think of the pay those individuals receive. Teachers are also at the mercy of the district for conferences, collaboration sessions and 18 hours service above the school days.

I want to thank you for putting in a few administration salaries; this district is truly top heavy compared to so many other districts with greater numbers of schools and students. I also do not blame the teachers for asking for a pay increase after last year's freeze, with the cost of living not going down and the fact that unnecessary administration personnel increased.

Many teachers spend their summers going over lesson plans, attending classes to further their teacher status and to implement new strategies. Often, a teacher's goal is to improve the learning environment because they love working with students. I would like everyone to look at their job and ask yourself how many eyes are upon you daily to perform to the best of your ability. How many of you are critiqued by parents, administrators, society and students daily? How many of us are scrutinized by others to the point that we could lose our jobs for speaking our minds? How about the editors trade places with a teacher for a year and see what they truly think of the pay?

Sheri Thomas


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