I'm a bit worried about how bad they must have raided the PERS cookiejar to be needing the taxpayer's money (isn't that illegal) to pay for their retirement.
Cool, more terms to be aware of thanks.I'm a bit worried about how bad they must have raided the PERS cookiejar to be needing the taxpayer's money (isn't that illegal) to pay for their retirement.
Median salary for teachers in Chicago was $78,910 as of June 2016. In 2016, the median household income across all of Chicago was $53,006. They earn nearly 150% of the median household income for the whole city. They also threaten to strike almost every year.I mean if they aren't getting paid enough they have a right-to-strike.
USA has been right-to-work nationally since SCOTUS Janus decision. Not sure what you're talking about.Occasionally I talk to people who angrily snear at "right to work states." I continue to be puzzled by them.
I did not know that, and neither did the people I was referring to, apparently. Unfortunately, you can still be forced to join a union in some states for some jobs. I would not call that "right to work."USA has been right-to-work nationally since SCOTUS Janus decision. Not sure what you're talking about.
It's mostly a demand for hazard pay, I imagine. These kids aren't learning, but it's not for lack of trying. Title 1 schools in Chicago and around the country are a wreck. Many of the kids are English language learners. Teachers are now not supposed to discipline kids and instead are told to use "restorative justice," build relationships, use "positive behavior intervention and support." Everything is considered racist or biased against the kids, and schools in Seattle are now trying to push "woke math" where actual math isn't taught since it might traumatize brown children. Teachers are told to push kids through who can't even read; many schools won't give zeros for assignments now, either--the lowest grade anyone receives is 50%. Terrible, violent kids often can't even be suspended or expelled. Diversity and cultural responsiveness training are somehow supposed to solve everything but provide no real plans of action. Absenteeism/truancy rates are sky-high while the parents don't do shit. It's not a teacher's job to tuck these kids in at night after feeding them a nutritious dinner and helping them with their homework. These kids will continue to fail as long as liberals hold them to low expectations and the parents are disengaged.Why do those who produce the worst results believe they deserve more benefits or pay? And what happens if their demands are refused? Chicago kids will no longer be taught how use word good, and instead be given lessons in Paleolithic fingerpainting?
Find a job in the burbs or even a step further, much far away from Chicagoland.Anyone who's working as a teacher in Chicago proper should do herself a favor and find a job in the burbs if at all possible, but those jobs are highly competitive. Look at the difference in test scores between, say, Winnetka and inner-city Chicago. Obviously there's a fucking lot more going on than "bad teachers." Bad parents, bad school administration, bad system.
Some teachers are too naive and optimistic, but others are too far to the pessimistic side where they think every other job is a piece of cake in comparison to teaching. I had a teacher tell me with a straight face that's he leaving to become an MD because he hates paperwork and bureaucracy and teaching is "too draining." When I suggested that doctors have to work year-round, are often on-call, and deal with plenty of stress and red tape along with far more liability, he looked at me like I had three heads.I can see it from both angles: teaching in today's world has got to be one of the most stressful jobs I can imagine. Not being able to discipline shitty kids and every single one of your actions being put under a microscope. Misgender a kid on accident? Fired. Put a kid in timeout? Fired. Whore yourself out to sugar daddies? That one is actually okay.
But at the same time, it isn't like these stressors for this job are kept secret or anything. If you get into teaching these days, you know damn well what you're getting yourself into. This is 2019: if you start a career with a rosy-red outlook when you have the resources available to find out how much of a shit show its going to be, that's on you. I do feel for the teachers who are close to retirement, tho.
A buddy of mine said that once Trump gets elected Chicago will be militarized and Rahm Emmanuel (former mayor) would be replaced with a fed.They should make isolated military schools for all the kids that can't behave or learn anything, and cut off the parents' gibs when a kid gets sent to one. Watch how quickly values shift after "shit yourself and do absolutely nothing" is no longer a viable path to get everything you need for free.