Hypocrisy – I think So

More than 25 percent of public school teachers in Washington and Baltimore send their children to private schools, a new study reports.

OK, so we know the public schools aren’t good enough for their own, but how do they feel about home schooled kids?

MUSKEGON, Mich. —Homeschoolers across the country are protesting a west Michigan county’s decision to stage a mock terrorist attack by a fictitious group of homeschooling advocates dubbed “Wackos Against Schools and Education.”

Tuesday’s disaster drill in Muskegon County envisioned the group planting a bomb on a school bus and was a response exercise for emergency, hospital and school personnel. But Chris Klicka, senior counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association in Purcellville, Va., called it outlandish for the county to designate the terrorists as homeschoolers.

I suppose pretending the terrorists were Muslims would be insensitive, but using Home Schoolers who have no history of any type of behaviour like this …

Even picking environmentalists would make a lot more sense, given the eco-terror we have seen. I guess it is do as I say, not as I do. The schools aren’t good enough for a teachers kid, but it is fine for yours. But don’t you go and usurp a teachers power/job/control by home schooling.

~ by kinshay on 2004-09-22.

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  1. Me for one: I’m amazed public school teachers can afford to send their kids to private schools.

  2. I would answer that in two ways Jake – if the teachers are really so poorly paid, imagine how deplorable the conditions must be that they would have to sacrafice so much to send their child to private school. On the other hand, maybe the myth about being so badly paid is just that, a myth. Let’s see what the Bureau of Labor and Statistics says:

    “Median annual earnings of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $39,810 to $44,340 in 2002; the lowest 10 percent earned $24,960 to $29,850; the top 10 percent earned $62,890 to $68,530. Median earnings for preschool teachers were $19,270.

    According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $30,719 in the 2001–02 school year. The estimated average salary of all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the 2001–02 school year was $44,367. Private school teachers generally earn less than public school teachers.

    In 2002, more than half of all elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers belonged to unions—mainly the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association—that bargain with school systems over wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment. Fewer preschool and kindergarten teachers were union members—about 15 percent in 2002.

    Teachers can boost their salary in a number of ways. In some schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working with students in extracurricular activities. Getting a master’s degree or national certification often results in a raise in pay, as does acting as a mentor. Some teachers earn extra income during the summer by teaching summer school or performing other jobs in the school system.”

    So two married teachers mid way through thier careers with a teenager wouold have a combined income of around $88,000 in 2002. They also have tenure. They also make more than private school teachers, and about the same I think as Kin-Girl and I do. I will surely send Brianna to Private school, and it will not be much of a sacrifice. Unless Da Kine is rich and home-schooling his chillun, then I send her there.

  3. We may even be interested in a satelite Da kine school program. Home-school via the internet.

  4. You think he’d do continuing ed courses, too?

  5. I instruct in Latin, Art History, and Moral Philosophy (cf. ‘Starship Troopers’).

  6. i’m planning on teaching at a public school when i graduate (so next fall) through teach for america (www.teachforamerica.org), assuming i’m accepted. i taught private school for three years, from 1995-1998, in rural west virginia. i also support a family’s right to homeschool. so, with that in mind…

    i think teachers are underpaid. states and districts vary on compensation, but if you were to break down the amount of classroom time AS WELL AS the huge amount of time spent outside of the classroom working, the pay really is not very high. plus, in a lot of poorer districts, teachers purchase supplies for their classroom out of pocket. some states allow a tax credit for this, but i just read an article that this is being discontinued.

  7. i went to R.H.S and that was the best school around at that time to get drugs and anything else you wanted. they did a good job teaching me.

  8. For the love of God, don’t make the kids think!

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