Advice to teachers’ union apologists: when you want to create public sympathy with a chain letter joke, it kind of works a little better if you hide your disdain for the taxpayers.
One of these chain letters made its way to facebook where your humble blogger happened to read it. It’s sad that these people are so far removed from reality that they think this actually makes them look good. Prepare yourself for government worker entitlement on parade:
Are you sick of high paid teachers? Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – baby sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.
That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan — that equals 6 1/2 hours).
Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.
Now how many do they teach in day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)
A few things…
First, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people earning $50,000 a year these days. The average salary (nationwide) of a firefighter is $44,260. The average salary of a Staff Sargeant in the military is $34,088. Police officers come in at $51,410.
Secondly, the estimation of 30 kids in class is ridiculous. Per the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2008 the average class size was 20 for elementary and 23 for high school.
Finally, looking at this from the parents’ perspective is even worse. Even if we go with the math we’ve been presented, teachers with a master’s degree or some other advanced training should earn $280,800 a year. That means each child’s share is $9,360. And since the average family has 2 children, that’s $18,720 for the parents to come up with.
Via the U.S. Census records, average household income in America is $49,777. Not only do these teachers get paid more than those they serve, it would take 38 percent of their income to pay what these teachers “deserve” to make.
If you’re going to waste my time with cutesy jokes, at least make sure they’re funny.