Think teachers are paid too much?

I've seen this before, but it never gets old:

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?
Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit!  We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.  LET'S SEE....
That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. 

That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.  Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! 

There sure is!  The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000 (it's only $35,000 in Oregon, btw). $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours =
$1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) 



Can't post right now. Need to bring my blood pressure down first!
As a mother who had 5 daughters go through the public school system (with the exception of the oldest being in private school for the first two years), I absolutely have seen job dedication way beyond what a teacher is paid. Being self employed I was able to spend many hours volunteering at school, so my knowledge is first hand. If they were in it for the money, they would have changed jobs. Thankfully they didn't.