Posted by aphillieteacher on March 2, 2010
“I don’t believe this is a worker’s rights issue. I believe it’s a children’s rights issue,” Nordan said. “…By every statistical measure I’ve seen, we are not doing a good enough job for our students … The rhetoric that these are poor students, ESL students, you can imagine the home lives … this is exactly why we need you to step up, regardless of the pay, regardless of the time involved. This city needs it more than anybody. I demand of you that you demand more of yourself and those around you.” -B.K. Nordan, one of two trustees who voted against firing all the teachers at Central Falls High School
How much are you willing to give: extra time with students, extra prep, extra professional development are all part of our jobs. I suspect that if you are a teacher, you already give all that to your students.
It’s common knowledge that teachers aren’t in it for the money; they choose teaching for many reasons, the biggest reason being “the kids.”
But lawyers, accountants and other professionals charge serious money for duties above and beyond their usual work. Our city workers got paid time and a half when they worked overtime and Sundays to clear the snow off our streets this winter.
So what about teachers? Is it realistic to expect teachers to go above and beyond what they usually do voluntarily – even when it’s for little or no pay?
I don’t have an answer for this, but in my heart I feel that at some point I’ve given enough. If you want more, you’ll have to pay me at a rate appropriate to my profession.