A Little Perspective

May 16, 2018

To the Editor:

Scott Dennerlein, in his letter “Teachers Have It Good,” stated that any time a group of individuals goes no further than their own circle of friends to develop their views, they lose perspective. He also likes to throw numbers around and state that teachers have it easy. Well, I say let’s just pay teachers what they are worth.

I’m fed up with teachers and their hefty salary guides. What we need here is a little perspective. If I had my way, I’d pay these teachers myself. I’d pay them babysitting wages. That’s right. Instead of paying these outrageous taxes, I’d give them $5 an hour out of my own pocket. And I’m only going to pay them for five hours, not coffee breaks. That would be $25 a day.

Each parent should pay $25 a day for these teachers to babysit their child. Even if they have more than one child, it’s still a lot cheaper than private daycare. Now how many children do they teach a day – maybe 25? That’s $25 x 25 = $625 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I’m not going to pay them for all those vacations. $625 x 180 = $112,500. (Just a minute, I think my calculator needs batteries.)

I know you teachers will say what about those who have 20 years of experience and a master’s degree? Well, maybe, to be fair, they could get the minimum wage, and instead of just babysitting, they could read the kids a story. We can round that off to about $8 an hour, times five hours, times 25 children. That’s $1,000 a day times 180 days. That’s $180,000. Huh?

Wait a minute, let’s get a little perspective here. Babysitting wages are too good for these teachers. Did anyone see a salary guide around here? Maybe Mr. Dennerlein should go beyond his own circle of friends to gain a better perspective.

Paul McMahon

West Creek


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