When explaining that teacher unions really aren’t that powerful, because if they were then my salary would be higher and my work load would be smaller, I was instantly accused or not being in education for the children.
I guess they don’t think teachers should be allowed to put food on their table or to be able to take care of their families? I get it teachers became so knowing they would never be rich but come on, aren’t we allowed to have something? According to US News and World Report a little over one in six teachers hold a second job though other sources have that number as high as half.
Teachers are some of the lowest paid professionals around and increasingly districts are breaking the covenant for a pension and good benefits to make up for the lack of salary that teachers in the past were willing to trade.
The powers-that-be have long banked on the selflessness of teachers. They have taken advantage of it too and it’s time teachers said no more especially if we are going to be the scapegoat for all of societies problems.
In Florida nearly half of all new teachers don’t last five years but instead of working to make the profession more attractive they are doubling down on blame the teacher evaluations designed to drive more and more teachers out of the profession. This is how highly they think of us.
It’s time we pushed back.