Date: Oct 13, 2012 8:50 PM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: Re: US teachers are overworked and underpaid

Lou Talman posted Oct 13, 2012 9:00 PM (GSC' remarks  follow):

> On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM, Robert Hansen
> <> 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.


Message was edited by: GS Chandy