In recent days, a number of people have made this their Facebook status:
“A teacher somewhere in your neighborhood tonight is grading and preparing lessons to teach your children while you are watching television. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are using their ‘free time’, and often investing their own money, for your child’s literacy, prosperity, and future. Re-post if you are a teacher, love a teacher or appreciate our teachers.”
There seems to be a sentiment out there that we don’t appreciate teachers, and I just don’t understand the point of the above quote. Many professions require that we work extra hours without pay. I do it practically every day of my life. I work in an I.T. department. I’ve worked weekends and been called in on holidays (all without extra pay) because my job requires it and people are depending on me. Just last week I had to do some work on a server, but due to company policies, I had to wait until after 2:00am to do it. And I frequently use my own money and resources to do so. But this is what I signed up for; I understand it and I’m fine with it. It’s what I do. I’m not saying this to get a pat on the back or anything, I just don’t understand why the fact that teachers do it is anything special.
Listen, I appreciate teachers as much as the next guy. There is no way we could ever pay teachers enough for the impact they make on our childrens’ lives. There’s just no way. I’ve had some great teachers in my life, and my daughters have had even better teachers here in the West De Pere School District. It takes a special person to do what they do. But let’s not kid ourselves by claiming that they put in more time than your average worker.