If teaching was really 8-4 with 12 weeks holiday we'd all be doing it. But its not. I am the parent of a special needs child and I know how much extra time our classroom teacher puts in to just my child. Let alone the 28 others in the class.
I'm pretty sure the classroom teacher will find the time to reshedule your childs news OP. Funnily enough - they realise these things are important to a child.
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01-04-2014 12:12 #21
01-04-2014 12:25 #22
Bloody money hungry teachers lol if only it was that simple . No teacher I know works 8-4 m-f with lots of holidays . They be on site those hours but what about everything else they do. Camps , dances , etc all in their own time at no extra pay . They work at the end of school holidays preparing for the next term .
They generally are striking about funding cuts which affect their ability to teach your children .
Do you know teachers buy resources from their own pockets ??
I understand a strike is a pain in the **** specially with no care , cranky employers etc but there was supervision . Take a deep breath and think about what your saying about teachers in front if your child an how that affects their respect for teachers .
Hope your day gets better xx
01-04-2014 12:38 #23
The only thing you have to be angry about is that the school didn't give you warning that they were going to be closed. That was really unprofessional.
01-04-2014 12:59 #24
01-04-2014 13:06 #25
I teach a 4 year-level class. I am paid for working three days a week. I spend 2.5 unpaid days planning and marking. Last week I went to work on my day off to join in a full day dance workshop, and had an excursion to the city which meant leaving school at 6.45am and returning at 5.30pm.
Last night I was at work from 8am until 8pm (parent/teacher interviews), and will be returning tonight from 3.30 - 8 (again unpaid on my day off).
I was even planning and preparing for this school year during my year of (largely unpaid) maternity leave.
So yes, there is venting, then there is also being ignorant and offensive. Teachers very rarely strike for their own needs (ie pay and holidays) - it's a spin that the media puts on it to distract from the main issues, which usually involve disadvantaging or marginalizing sectors of the student community, to avoid getting the power of parents alongside the teachers.
So yes, I read posts like the OP and get ragey because we hear it all the freaking time.
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you're kidding OP.? bahahaha.. 8-4 my butt. your post was extremely rude. if you are like this in real life no wonder your dd was upset at staying home. get over yourself.
01-04-2014 13:31 #27
My husband is a teacher as well, home time is never home time! Nice to know that my husband dedicating his life and taking away time from our own family so that your daughter can tell her 'news' and learn. means sweet eff all to parents.
Without school where would people be?
They aren't having a damn holiday on strike days, they are standing up for kids like my children who have disabilities and in terms of education are getting thrown in the trash by the government.
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01-04-2014 13:33 #28
Please let's keep this civil and refrain from name calling. When something like this comes to light, we need to remember education, not inflammation.
No wonder the OP hasn't replied to the thread- she has copped a mighty flaming already.
And this, coming from a teacher
01-04-2014 13:40 #29
I actually thought this was a satirical thread..... until I realised it wasn't
I'm only a pre service teacher, so not a real one yet, and that OP made me twitch. Teachers, believe it or not, spend a good deal of their 'holidays' planning out whole terms of work. Believe me when I say it takes AGES.
It also often isn't an 8-4 job (which is still 8 hours??) when I did my placement my head teacher can in a 7.30 and went home about 4.30. It amazing the time it takes to print off stuff, upload to smart boards and physically plan the lessons!
As to the strike, good on them! they aren't just fighting for more recognition and pay for themselves, they are fighting for better funding for OUR kids. I don't think many people realise this, but teachers I know are spending close to a GRAND a year out of their own pockets on school/art supplies, to get maybe 20% back on tax. They shouldn't be spending a cent!
01-04-2014 13:44 #30
I agree though that they always seem to want more money and after asking a few teacher friends their opinions about this they both said that teachers pay is not bad and agree it's all a bit over the top. The amount of holidays they get even if working on some of the holidays as they do they still get adequate time off as there are about 12 weeks of school holidays per year when the average person gets 4-5 weeks annual leave per year.
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