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  •  What Health Care, What Pension? (6+ / 0-)

    I'm a community college teacher. I've always been a part time instructor. These days that's pretty much the best you can expect. The full time jobs are few and far between and highly competitive. Even for my little part time position, people applied from all over the country, ready to relocate for a guarantee of about $700 a month—one class. I'm in the union. This is California. There are no health benefits, not even a group plan that I can buy into and pay the whole costs. No pension. The image that everyone working in public education is living high is so ridiculous as to be insulting.

    In a time of universal deceit, the simple act of telling the truth is revolutionary--George Orwell

    by Circle on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 11:27:19 AM PST

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    •  That's exactly what many colleges are (2+ / 0-)
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      Circle, sboucher

      doing now.  At least, that's what they're doing at my husband's college.

      Reduce as many teachers to part-time status as possible.

      It won't be long before teaching will become one of the lowest paid and least appreciated occupations in the country.  What we'll eventually succeed in doing is chasing away anyone who's qualified and eager to teach, because they can't make a living at it.

      Soon enough, we'll accomplish exactly what the rightwingnuts have been trying to do for years - destroying this country's education system.  

      The Great Dumbing-Down of America is in progress.

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" - MLK

      by edwardssl on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 11:36:09 AM PST

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      •  Obama not US Citizen (2+ / 0-)
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        I teach Critical Thinking and most of my students, liberal though they are, don't pay enough attention to what's going on in the world to have reasoned judgments about many things. I asked the other day how many thought Obama was NOT an American citizen and about two-thirds of my 30 students raised their hands. Not to pimp an old diary, but I wrote about it here .

        In a time of universal deceit, the simple act of telling the truth is revolutionary--George Orwell

        by Circle on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 11:50:59 AM PST

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