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Why Liberals Hate Teachers

mark4teach Wrote: Sep 13, 2012 10:46 AM
First of all teachers in Calif. do pay for a percentage of the their paycheck toward their retirement. Second, Teachers who have worked as teachers for their entire career do not draw SSI, because they do not pay into SSI. I pay $600.00 per month for my health insurance. I have not seen a raise in almost 8 years. Been teaching for 25 years. I have a Masters and 120 units over my master. I have tech degree, Industrial Tech-Construction. Education is like a three legged stool. Parents, Students, and Teachers. Too often parents and students are not pulling their weight. Yes, as in any profession their are bad teachers. Yes, they should be dealt with. Parents and students need to be held accountable as well as teachers.
Kathy119 Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 3:16 PM
There does not appear to be a shortage of candidates studying to be teachers; therefore, one must presume that the career is not as bad as the complaints make it appear to be. If so, why not find another career path and leave some openings for new graduates?
Kathy119 Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 3:15 PM
Mark, first of all most of us are paying into social security for a paltry return that we will probably never see. And if you are married, you will collect benefits from your spouse from a system you never paid into. Congrats on your education but research shows that it doesn't improve your effectiveness as a teacher and other jobs don't pay more based on the education level or additional "units" or clock hours. Finally, aren't students held accountable through grades? I completely agree with you on parents-no reason not to require some effort from them. However, what do you do when they don't comply, throw the student out of school? That punishes them even more for their bad luck in the lottery of life.
Kathy119 Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 3:15 PM
Mark, first of all most of us are paying into social security for a paltry return that we will probably never see. And if you are married, you will collect benefits from your spouse from a system you never paid into. Congrats on your education but research shows that it doesn't improve your effectiveness as a teacher and other jobs don't pay more based on the education level or additional "units" or clock hours. Finally, aren't students held accountable through grades? I completely agree with you on parents-no reason not to require some effort from them. However, what do you do when they don't comply, throw the student out of school? That punishes them even more for their bad luck in the lottery of life.

Editor's note: This piece is excerpted from Mike Gallagher’s "50 Things Liberals Love to Hate."

If they Chicago teachers strike proves just one thing, it is this; liberals hate teachers. If you would permit me, let me explain this seemingly counterintuitive statement.

Liberals spend a whole lot of time trying to convince us they love teachers, but dig even skin deep into the matter and it becomes evident that liberals hate teachers. To understand just how much they hate teachers, consider the circumstances of their workplace. And compare it with yours and mine.

Think, for a minute, about what...