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That is an urban legend according to snopes.com. It's been around a long time on the Internet, probably since 1895 if Al Gore had been old enough to have invented the Internet by then.
"In other countries" is quite a blanket generalization, but if you look at places where the educational standards are the highest, it is indeed true that teachers have higher status and higher pay relative to the society. Some places they are venerated. The problem in lengthening the school year here is obviously costs. Not only for salaries but for everything else attached to our system - meals, transportation, utilities, and on and on. An incremental increase would not accomplish anything measurable. An increase that would mean something - say 20 days - would just be too expensive to consider.
It may or may not be going directly to candidates, but they certainly spend a lot more than that on lobbying and promotion of issues dear to the left.
It totally depends on your state. That's what Right to Work is all about. You are probably right for your own state.
Talking about the mode is meaningless. Of course each year there will need to be a significant number of new teachers hired and each year after that some will depart. There will by definition be more first-year teachers than 17th-year teachers. But even then the other part of the sentence that in 1988 the typical teacher had 15 years of experience would have to be a mean or median. The whole paragraph is mathematically incompetent. The writer needs either a good editor or some remedial math.
It is impossible. He's very uninformed.
I'm sorry you hate teachers. I'll ignore you because you have nothing to contribute.
For many teachers, in states where it's possible, the best way to get a quick raise is to resign from the union. The union looks out for, in this order, the interests of the union, the interests of the teachers, and the interest of the students. I live in a right to work state and do not need to belong to or pay any money to a union in order to teach. This is not to say union teachers are bad - they do care about education and sincerely believe the union is needed. I respect their voluntary choice to belong and participate. If the unions cannot compel dues, they won't wither away, but they will be much weakened.
What is that supposed to mean? You may disagree with the unions that represent teachers, but all are college graduates quite capable of writing signs. This kind of comment reflects more on your own ignorance than that of anyone else.
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