> On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM, Robert Hansen > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > I think in this discussion, "Overworked" means > "Underpaid" and the vast > > majority of "teacher" discussions and arguments are > in regard to pay, or > > benefits. > > > > Whatever the term "overworked" may mean to those in > the discussion, it is > probably misdirected. The underlying problem is that, > in the public > perception, teachers who aren't in direct contact > with students aren't > "working". This point is amply supported by the way > this discussion has > revolved around "teaching hours". It's bad enough > that the term "teaching > hours" doesn't apply to all of the out-of-class > support work that teachers > must do, but that's only the surface of the issue. > > Read Liping Ma's book. Note that the Chinese teachers > attribute much of > what they learn about not only teaching, but subject > matter alone to their > interactions with more senior teachers. American > public schools, focused > almost exclusively on teachers making direct contact > with students, make no > provision whatsoever for teachers to talk to each > other. > > What is particularly disappointing about this fact is > that the teachers > themselves don't recognize and haven't identified > this problem. They > complain about being overworked---not about having > their work misdirected. > The above provides, I believe, a most potentially productive way to think about these issues.