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  •  No one gets into teaching (12+ / 0-)

    for the money. NO ONE.

    People get into teaching because they are passionate about their subject matter or because they gain non-tangible rewards from it, like the immense satisfaction of watching their students learn complex concepts. I know I get a big charge out of that. Money to most teachers is secondary, except in the case where their pay is being cut to the point they can no longer afford to feed and house their families.

    I was doing my usual Wednesday volunteer thing and the teacher I'm helping asked me if I had a teaching credential because he knew of a part time music teacher position opening up next year he thought I might be interested in. His job. He then told me he's looking for another job in the district and doubted he'd be a music teacher next year.

    As it stands now he makes barely enough working full time to support his young family.

    I told him no, I don't have a credential and even if I did I wouldn't be interested in the job. As a volunteer they have to treat me nice or I simply walk away. As an employee they could treat me like crap because it's more difficult to walk away from a paycheck. Besides I don't want to be demoralized like he is because I wouldn't be able to properly teach.

    Sad, sad sad.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 11:49:02 PM PST

    •  Exactly. You can't treat teachers like salesmen. (2+ / 0-)
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      sandblaster, Cali Techie

      The whole "bonus" idea is idiotic.  Who would take a job if your compensation depended on the performance of 30 people who you had no choice in hiring, they can't be fired, and the greatest influence on their performance (the home environment) is completely out of your control?  Nobody!

      I'm guessing if you took one of these bonuses, divided it amongst the faculty, then divided that by the amount of extra hours a Jaime Escalante puts in, it works out to a few bucks an hour.  That's not motivation!

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