I agree with Rick, the former teacher. Does anyone really believe that teachers make lots of money? Brewengineer, I agree with most of your points, but do you really think that people believe there is lots of money in teaching? A pal of mine is a dean at a major university, makes less than a hundred grand. In New York City to raise a family of five you'd need to make at least a hundred and fifty grand. The problem with all education today is that parents expect the teachers to be miracle workers. The key to success in teaching children is to have parental involvement and teachers who put in a hundred percent regardless of pay. My comments speak to the nature of teachers who take the job knowing what the pay is then complaining about it all when they're into it for several years. Plumbers know they'll get bad knees, roofers bad backs, teacher poor pay. Is it right? Who cares? If you want to make lots of money why would you go into education? In New Jersey, the teacher's unions took over and the state went bankrupt. Teachers and firefighters are retiring to places like Charleston making 80,000 grand a year (in retirement) on the taxpayers backs. Be careful what you ask for folks.
Didn't say I hated anyone. What is at issue here is state and school bashing. We all know what we sign on to. And we are well aware of the pay, etc. I think the article speaks for itself. The author misses his hometown of Michigan. I'm sure he's a great guy. And I can certainly appreciate any man in today's world that puts family first. So why not just say that? Why bash the school and state that has given employment for eight years? I can also tell you that as a former New Yorker it is impossible to live well on $57,000 a year. The taxes alone are far beyond what that number could support. Property taxes on a two bedroom ranch run close to 12,000 per year. I'll take the great state of South Carolina any day.
I hear a lot of whining in this article. I found it to be full of self-loathing. I'll bet it's a pattern.
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