Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "A Mental Exercise":
I know what you are trying to do in getting down to the
actual weeks worked (or weeks in front of students) but you lost me after the 37
We do need to compare apples & apples.
The idea of
subtracting weekend time doesn’t work when comparing to other work period (as no
one really counts a work week as 7 days). And that includes “The school day is
1/3 of an ordinary day” getting it to 20 weeks. In fact by your math the 30
weeks would then be 10 weeks. So you are now comparing apples & oranges in
One way to look at it is that the average worker out there
has 52 weeks of the year – less 2 weeks holidays, less 2 weeks statutory
holidays, less perhaps 1 week sick days (I bet most people don’t know that paid
sick days are not mandated by the Ontario Government). So to compare to your
numbers, the average worker would be working 47 weeks. This is the maximum
number of weeks that an employer can expect the worker to be available to
The real difference between your numbers (37) and the 47 above is
the summer. (and no… I am not a teacher). What everyone may look at is “How much
more do teachers work in their 37 weeks to warrant them getting the summer
Right now the teachers are being made the scapegoats of the day
from our bungling provincial government while everyone (perhaps to the Liberals
delight) forgets about Ornge, E-health, cancelled gas-fired electrical plants,
Come election time (which will be sooner than later) who will
lead out of this mess?
I measure the success of a post by the response it generates.
I'm not trying to compare a teachers work year to other workers.
I engaged in the exercise to reflect how much time kids spend in the classroom. Also our investment in infrastructure that's empty two thirds of the time.
I cannot comparing salaries and benefits when I have no idea what teachers receive in return for services.
Everyone stays mum on the subject.
It's a conspiracy of silence.
I believe society can make no wiser investment than in education.
At the same time we are making the investment, I'm not satisfied we are getting the return.
I think it's time we talked about that.
A day lost cannot be retrieved. It's a day lost.
There are not enough days in the classroom that we can afford to forfeit more, so that teachers can express their dis-satisfaction with government at the expense of students and the institution they serve.
Schools have become like many other public institution. Servants become the ones being served.
Teachers unions need to know their tactics are not winning them friends. Far from it. I see anger growing. Public outrage is a lot harder to quell than it is to check in the first place.
Parents need to let politicians know, loss of a day's learning matters more than the inconvenience of having to find a baby-sitter.
I've mentioned findings of a study in Waterloo on the high cost of policing.
By Grade 5, children who will be in trouble with the law can be identified.
If they can't read and write, they have no future.
It costs $270,000 a year for custodial care of one inmate.
Stephen Harper thinks the solution to crime is to put more people in jail. Build more jails to accommodate more criminals.
Do we, as a community, imagine that's a better way to use our resources?
Last week a headline noted that in Ohio , students are not to be promoted beyond Grade 3 without having learned to read.
All education beyond that point depends on that ability..
Why is that so GD hard to understand?
How did we get to the point that thousands of twelve-year olds in the school system, have no future other than a predictable career in crime?
Why do we not talk plainly about these things?
Why are parents so easily persuaded it's the fault of the child?
Well.... maybe we've reached the tipping point.