Weegee wrote:The larger majority of teachers are well-rounded. But the bad ones are more publicized for reasons like this. My personal experience at my high school was pretty good. There were many good teachers, if you were some idiot who thought he was hilarious talking back to a teacher or something then you got sent to the office or out of class. The only bad teachers we had just sucked at teaching, not because they "wanted to fit in".
phaser wrote:The only redeeming factor, is knowing a highschool teacher barely makes more than minimum wage (at least around here starting salary is like 21,000 lol...).
Also phaser, a starting teacher does not make $21,000 in any district anywhere, thats less than a substitute teacher can make working 4 days a week for the whole school year.
In many eastern states it is not uncommon to see salaries like this for a variety of positions - but especially for teachers (unless you have a masters) you will start at low/mid 20's almost guaranteed. This is public schools of course, yes i know private schools pay better. Starting College teachers (not professors) in Western PA/OH start out typically around 30-35k...just to give a comparison. I also know a handful of teachers that can attest to pay that low scattered throughout the US. Don't take the "average" US salary, that's a joke for any job you enter in.
My father was also a high school teacher for 33 years, so i saw him and his co workers struggle for a fair salary all his life, even when the PSEA tried to level the playing field out. It wasn't until he was 25 years into his career that he finally started getting a fair salary, especially while raising a family. I wouldn't post that information just to say it - i actually know what i'm talking about. Many low/middle class areas pay teachers horribly low...just do some research. Teachers can work their way up to a respectable salary (50-60k), but they have to put their due time in. Most other career paths (IT, Finance, Engineers, Lawyers) can reach that same salary by mid to late 20's.
Also to note - i didn't hate high school or have anything against teachers. I had my share of good and bad all the way through college. I'm not bashing teachers as a whole, but now that my generation (the we don't give a shit generation) is full blown into the workforce 10+ years, it's scary to know there are lots of people, regardless of position, that are just floating through life half assed by doing a terrible job with no repercussion. Teachers though, are the ones that should never have this attitude, as kids look to them for guidance and a means to actually learn something. That's why it looks so fucking bad when stuff like this happens.
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