Teachers are Villains?

When did teachers become villains? It’s a serious question.

One of the reasons we moved out of Providence because the schools are so abysmal – they have been for as long as I can remember. My husband is going to be 34 in December, and they were awful when he was a child.

When we moved to Warwick we moved to an area where I could walk the kids to school every day – however soon after we closed on our house, we learned that the neighborhood school was going to close and we were heartbroken. So now it’s back to the drawing board.

However, I’m not upset at the teachers, I know this wasn’t their choice. I’m upset with the school committee. The teachers have been without a contract for the last three years! THREE YEARS! How crazy is that? Pretty crazy if you ask me. So the teachers have had two sickouts and it’s just the beginning of the school year. They are proving a ¬†point and it’s a strong one: they cannot continue to work without a contract.

Lawyers don’t take your case without a signed contract, doctors don’t operate on you without a contract. So why are the people who are shaping our kids’ minds? These teachers spend more time with our kids in the day than we do. Not to mention teachers spend a large portion of their salaries on their students.

So the next time you start ranting on Facebook about how teachers should just agree to their contract already, think about this: 90 sick days per year isn’t really “90” days, they get five days a year and they do not roll over into the following year. Also, if they use more than five days they have to pay back the school for being out. Not to mention the teachers’ 13% raise is over how many years?

Also, without teachers how will you learn how to read and write – then you can’t complain on facebook. But, in all seriousness, teachers aren’t the villains – they’re the everyday heroes. Teachers don’t go into work at 8 and leave at 2:30. The teachers are the ones chaperoning dances, coaching our kids, doing art projects and teaching them music and how to play the piano, flute and guitar. These are the people who go home to their families only to help their kids with homework, rush and make dinner, do bedtime and come back downstairs to grade papers or do lesson plans. Just because they are not in the classroom 24/7 doesn’t mean they aren’t working. Teachers are working around the clock – so our kids can become lawyers and doctors and have contracts signed before they go into a courtroom or an operating room. Remember, we don’t just know how to read and write – it’s taught to us. So isn’t it about time we pay teachers what they are asking for and give them a contract?

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