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Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 16:29:26 -0700
From: Betsy Goodman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Are Teacher Salaries Too High?
I'm fed up with teachers and their high salary schedules. What we need
here is a little perspective.
If I had my way, I'd pay these teachers myself. I'd pay them baby-sitting
wages. That's right, instead of paying these outrageous taxes, I'd give
them $3.00 an hour out of my own pocket. And I'm paying them for 6 hours,
not for lunch and recess breaks. That would be $18.00 a day - each parent
should pay $18.00 a day for these teachers to babysit their child. Even if
they have more than one child, it's still cheaper than paying for private
Now, how many children do they teach a day - maybe 24?
That's $18.00 x 24 = $432.00 a day.
But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay them
for all those vacations!
$432.00 x 180 = $77,760.00 per year.
(Just a minute, I think my calculator needs batteries.)
I know what you teachers will say - what about those who have 10 year's
experience and a master's degree? Well, maybe, to be fair, they could get
the minimum wage, and instead of just baby-sitting, they could read the
kids a story. We could round that off to about $5.00 an hour, times six
hours, times 24 children. That's $720.00 a day, times 180 days. That's
$129,600.00 per year . . . UH?
Wait a minute. Let's get some perspective here. Baby-sitting wages are
too good for these teachers. Did anyone see a salary schedule around??