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  •  Why do you find it interesting that I began with (40+ / 0-)

    salary?  It's usually the first thing those who like to call us greedy begin with and then proceed to quote some mythical salary level in the six figure range.  LOL

    If you are thinking about making a similar change, for the "considerable lifestyle benefits" ... from my experience, I actually work much longer hours and the work is far more demanding than the work I used to do as a VP at GE.  Though, I don't do business travel, anymore, which is a plus. Many people imagine that the summers "off" are supposed to be a big plus, but most of the teachers I know use the summers to prepare curriculums for the next year.  

    Think of it this way: Imagine preparing a new hour long powerpoint presentation (with discussion activities and handouts) every day on a different topic, reading 122 pages of reports with comments each evening, doing data entry for each of those reports, answering about 30-40 emails, attending at least one meeting per day about a problem or new policy that needs to be implemented, counseling at least 5 teenagers about their lives, plus, you do lab set-ups, all your ordering, shopping for the things I listed above (using your own money), make about 2-3 phone calls to parents, wash your lab glassware by hand ... oh, and teach 122 trainees science for 4 hours and giving another group of 32 a reading lesson for an hour.  

    There simply aren't enough hours in a day or week during the school year to fully prepare all the lessons you need for the year.  Plus, I've been switched to different subjects and grade levels 5 out of the last 7 years since I'm certified in 3 subject areas -- you go where you're needed and told to go -- so there wasn't the opportunity to use things from the prior year.

    I'm not asking for "violin music," as you put it ... I'm just sick of people who talk smack about teachers based on a bunch of lies and completely mistaken assumptions.  Plus, it doesn't seem like you understand the Social Security situation for teachers.  If you do choose to become a teacher, you may want to look into it.

    Best wishes in considering your future career direction.

    Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

    by bkamr on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 03:45:11 PM PST

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    •  Thank you for the comments (3+ / 0-)
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      though I suspect we are on different wave-lengths.  I am not considering teaching as a new career because I think the benefits will be better, but rather I think education is important and I think it is the best way I will be able to contribute to a better future.  

    •  My sister spends 11-12 hrs per day at the school (16+ / 0-)

      where she is a teacher and coach. She gets to school about 7:30 and never leaves until at least 7pm. She stays after her coaching is done to finish grading papers at school rather than take them home. Granted, she is single with no children.

      But she decided to devote her life entirely to teaching in all ways. She is absolutely and completely dedicated.

      She spends a lot of money out of pocket for school supplies. Her christmas list to me had several items for her classroom on it. That never used to the case a decade or two ago.

      This is her last year of coaching but she told the admin that she does not want to do more before she retires.
      She will start a tutoring and mentoring program to fill that time that was used for coaching.

      She is fortunate that the faculty, administration, staff are like family and the parents are wonderfully supportive. Most ofthe parents in her suburban school district make a good deal more in salary than the teachers do.

      But the cost of living in her area is quite high and money is an issues for her and she has been teaching 27 years now.

      She loves teaching but she always has work to do even during their weeklong thanksgiving vacation, 2 week long christmas break, spring break and summer break.

      That is why she leaves the state and visits me for several weeks each summer. Otherwise, she said, she will tempted to go over to the school and do things around her classroom. Her principal calls her even during the summer and breaks, if she is in the area, and asks to talk to her about plans and ideas he has.  

      The thing with single people with no kids is that the admin knows they often can drop everything and be there and do all these things other teachers simply cannot do in the evenings and weekends due to their parental responsibilities.

      •  Your sister sounds like a wonderful teacher, (7+ / 0-)

        and you are quite accurate about the extra hours, that many people seem to be unaware of but family members of teachers know.  Juggling work and family time during the school year is a real issue for teachers with kids.  

        Teacher's kids actually get drafted A LOT for afterschool "helping out" in their parents' rooms or around the school.  My son usually helps me out for at least an hour afterschool setting up labs, washing glassware, moving tables, cleaning animal cages as I do copying, grading, attending parent meetings etc.  He's a good fellow and also gets drafted to move tables for afterschool events or set up for musical events.  

        And, it's true that single teachers do often get tagged for extra work since they don't have families ... It's not fair, at all, but there's no money for extra-curricular activities or over-time for support services, so everyone is pitching in to do more and more. Sigh.

        Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

        by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 02:35:32 AM PST

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      •  There is a quote by the Argentine poet (6+ / 0-)

        Antonio Porchia that translates to:  

        “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

        To your sister and all other unsung teachers, this is the essence of their lives' work.

        Their students are their legacy who will hold them dear long after they end their careers.

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