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  •  I'm in agreement even though there are some (24+ / 0-)

    of my children's teachers I haven't liked. But the vast majority of them have ranged from good to incredible. And even the ones that aren't so terrific work extremely hard.
    My youngest daughter, in middle school, is in science and math classes of 35 or more kids (in a very wealthy school system). These teachers have 5-6 classes. They are required to give homework pretty much every night and they also have minimum numbers of tests and quizzes they must administer. So do the math -- at least 175 tests/quizzes at least once/week that have to be graded; 175 homework papers that have to be checked in every day; and they can't do it during class-time, they have to spend the entire class time teaching.
    Her English & world studies classes are smaller (25-30) because it's a special program. But they have lengthy assignments -- essays and papers in addition to shorter quizzes. I can't imagine reading and carefully commenting on 150 essays but these teachers do it. They write in questions and assess individual paragraphs and give suggestions.
    My guess is that they each have 2-4 hours of work every day after they leave school. And they're in school from about 7 am (school starts at 7:50 but they get in early and supervise make-ups) and leave, at the earliest, at 3. Anybody who thinks teachers have it easy either doesn't have kids or isn't paying attention.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 01:51:28 PM PST

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    •  One year our state had a one-day strike (8+ / 0-)

      to get a COLA.  This was during the 90's when the economy was going strong, and the state was denying basic cost of living raises to teachers and other school employees.  So I rode a bus to the state capitol and sat next to a high school teacher who spent the entire trip grading physics papers.  The irony was strong in that one.

      We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012. Elizabeth Warren

      by Leftleaner on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:28:16 PM PST

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