Teacher’s Salaries

30 01 2008

We’ve all heard people say that teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year!  Our teachers are a tremendous bargain! Here is another forwarded email from my mother in law who is a retired teacher and principal.

Let’s do the math:
It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do–baby sit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.  That’s right.  Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time. 
That would be $19.50 a day (7:00 AM to 3:30 (or so) PM with just 25 min. off for lunch).
Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.
How many do they teach in a class, 30?  So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.  However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!!   We’re not going to pay them for any vacations. 

That’s $585 x 180= $105,300 per year.  
What about those special teachers and the ones with master’s degrees? 
Well, we could pay them minimum wage, and just to be fair, round it off to $7.00 an hour.  That would be $7 x  6 1/2 hours x 30 children x 180 days = $245,700 per year.

Wait a minute–there’s something wrong here! 
Average teacher salary $50,000/180 days = $277/per day/30 students = $9.23/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student.  A very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even try – with your help – to EDUCATE your kids!




3 responses

31 01 2008

Love this – am forwarding to my son’s teacher.


My son only has 6 kids in his class so his teacher wouldn’t like the math! 🙂 She is an amazing woman and well worth the 100+K she SHOULD be earning!

16 05 2008

Damn, that was good! Can you please link this to the current article on my page somehow? And I will do the same! E-mail me!

16 05 2008
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