>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.