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Topic: length of school year
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jun 26, 1995 8:28 AM

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Re: length of school year
Posted: Jun 26, 1995 8:28 AM
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>What other professionals
>have to do jobs totally unrelated to their training? What other professionals
>have to pay their own dues for memberships in professional organizations,
>pay for subscriptions to professional publications, buy their own materials
>and manipulatives?

I have no quarrel with the message here. The US is collectively irrational to
underpay teachers and underfund education.

However, I am disturbed when teachers, in attempting to make this point, make
statements that are easily refutable or display partial knowledge. Not wishing
to start a discussion that "has no place" on this list, I can simply say that I
know of many professionals -- whole professions, in fact --where the
professionals pay their own subscriptions and and memberships, and are also
forced to buy their own productivity tools or go without. Sure, in those cases
the stingyness just affects the employer's bottom line, and not the education
of kids, but when statements like that are made in public it can turn off the
very people (voters) that teachers are trying to sway.

Dennis Geller

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