This is not wholesome on any level. Why was the teacher not being paid, and why is it okay for the children’s parents to be supplementing that lack of pay?
@I Are Lebo, so the fact of the matter is, teachers don't get paid during school breaks, some schools allow teachers to set aside some of their pay for those breaks. I personally don't agree with this(my mom is a teacher) because teachers put in soooooo much more time just getting ready for the next semester/school year/class session because often times they have to submit lesson plans and make changes to their classrooms. Teachers that give half a shít don't get paid enough for the work they put into children's education and get burnt out and it shows given the apparent trend in the quality of education in public schools. I don't usually advocate for more taxes but in this case I am willing to pay an extra couple percent to support educators. So many of them start with good intentions and then get jaded because they put in more work than they are paid for and it isn't right to just expect that of them. They need to be compensated for what they do outside of school hours...(1/2)
@Slayer9200, because 40 hours a week is soooooo much less than the ones that care put in, special Ed teachers get shafted the most because in addition to regular lesson plans they have to come up with Individual lesson plans for each of the students they teach. We don't support educators enough in this country and while it keeps the people in it for the money away, it doesn't reward the hard work that educators put into and it causes them to get jaded and not care....ok rant over
@Slayer9200, based on the headline it sounds like it wasn't a break like spring break or summer break. It sounds like something that only affected this one teacher. Possibly illness or something, or possibly something disciplinary. If he had to spend two months away from work because he was sick then this is nice. If he had to miss two months because he slapped a kid, this is really weird. And if it was just a normal break, why did they only give him money? If it was voluntary, he doesn't deserve to be paid unless he has paid time off.
@Slayer9200, my dad’s a teacher. The idea that he would ever even mention his financial situation to his kids, let alone take money from them, would be beyond shameful, from both my perspective and his.
@I Are Lebo, I won't argue with you there. The teacher shouldn't have disclosed his financial situation to his students, but it's terrible that he was in a position to feel the need to.
@Slayer9200, agreed, but involving the kids makes it worse, not better
@I Are Lebo, no arguments there.
@I Are Lebo, I dont get paid two months of the year as a teacher, I have to budget for it from my mediocre 10 month salary and work a summer job, sucks considering I hold three degrees with a Masters. I never would discuss my finances with my kids but who knows what the context here is
@madeyoulook2, I don’t see any context where the kids should be involved in the teacher’s personal finances.
And while yes, you don’t as a teacher get paid for the summer months, but you also get two months off from work per year. Lots of teachers take on temporary jobs for those two months, or you can take them as a vacation and relax. It’s really up to you.
@Slayer9200, I don't know outside of my state, but Arkansas spends a lot on schools. My county alone spent 70% of its taxes on education. And Arkansas is still low in the rankings.
I'm not sure if it's state or federal law. But the way it's done here. You're allotted taxes based on need. If you get 10k and spend 10k, next year you get 10k. Spent 9k. You'll get 9k, regardless of the money saved. So people spend the 10k on everything. When they ask for more money, they need to spend it to budget it for next year.
It's so inefficient and is bleeding us dry, for zero positive results.
Gut this socialist system and let the market work it's job. Where good teachers like your mother can be paid what she is due, while the rotten apples roll from the tree.
So I looked up this story and apparently this guy tracked his students for 4 years meaning that he was their grade level teacher every time they switched grades. Anyway, towards the end of the fourth year he got diagnosed with cancer and had to take time off of work. It was pretty aggressive and, even though he had a lot of sick leave, it wasn't enough to pay him for the time that he was missing work. The cancer finally went into remission but only after he had been without work for 2 months. The students and community came together and raised enough money to cover those two months and help him stay afloat. In reality, I looked up this story and didn't actually find any information so I figured I would just post conjecture like everyone else.
@Eat me, you had me in the first half, not goin' lie.
I love it! …. But how did the kids know he didn’t have a salary- seems like an odd thing to tell your middle school students
@stevebons, where did it say middle school?
@stevebons, more importantly, why didn't he have a salary?
@Doctor Yak, they refused to pay him if he wore those trousers
@twopotatoes, they looked young I took a shot in the dark
He can't quit now, even if they keep not paying him..
Teacher: “Wow, thank you all so much. Now today we’ll be discussing racist white people and male pregnancy.”