Our teachers are threatening job action when school starts next week. I, for one, am outraged.
Teachers have toted that the amount of children with learning disabilities have increased, that class sizes have increased, that they aren’t making enough money, etc. So in recourse, teachers are not going to communicate with me. The parent. The teachers are not going to provide report cards. The teachers are not going to meet with parents. But in the next breath, state how much they are about our children’s education and well-being.
I call bullshit.
If you cared, you wouldn’t be reducing services that AFFECT OUR CHILDREN. Back in the day, a teacher cared. If a student needed a little extra attention, they got it. The teacher didn’t carry on about how much of a drain or disadvantage it put them at. The teacher took the time to care about each student. Back in the day, the teacher was passionate about being a teacher. End of story. Back in the day, the teacher didn’t have a professional development day EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. (Which usually falls right before a long weekend, I might add). Back in the day, teachers didn’t have helpers to help them with problem children – nope. The parents were called to deal with the problem child.
I am so tired of hearing that there will be job action taken RIGHT BEFORE SCHOOL! Do you not think we can’t see your manipulative tactics? Why didn’t you take your precious summer vacation to fight this battle? Why can’t the professional development week happen at the end of June? Oh right. Because then you’d have to either give up your cake or give up eating it.
You know what I’d like to see? Teachers who refuse to do THEIR JOBS (read the job description people, then read the definition of subordination) get fired. Yep, one…two…three strikes – YOU. ARE. FIRED.
Think that every teacher would run for the hills? I think not. Teachers salaries are anywhere from $44K to $81K per year. This is a pretty decent wage if you consider you are guaranteed a professional development day per month, meaning it’s catch-up time for marking, courses, etc. You only work from late August to June (BONUS!) and you get one to two weeks off in March and December and then stat holidays throughout the year (at this point, I’m thinking I picked the wrong public service!)
I think it would send a mighty strong message to the teachers of this Province. Do your job or be unemployed. If a person were to pull have of this shit working at Taco Bell – what do you think would happen? I am almost willing to bet…in the end…our children would end up with better educations than the crap they’ve been receiving.