Forwarded to The Retiree Advocate by Rich Austin, one of PSARA’s active members from Skagit County
Someone blogged about how teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and how teachers only work nine or ten months a year! The complainer then went on to say it’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit! The blogger said we can get that for less than minimum wage.
A woman named Meredith Menden responded with some facts that bear repeating. She said,
“That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they work; 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 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours). So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to babysit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 students for a total of $585 a day.
And remember, they only work 180 days a year!!! Forget paid vacations.
Now let’s see…
At $585 per day X 180 days we come up with $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 the federal minimum wage of $7.75 per hour, and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 per hour X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days. Mmm, that would be $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.
How does that break down?
Well, let’s take that $50,000 divided by 180 days. The result equals $277.77 per day. Now let’s divide that amount by 30 students. The result is $9.25. Now divide that by 6.25 hours divided by 6.5 hours. The product is $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive babysitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!
WHAT A DEAL!!!!
Show this to the grouches who assert that teachers’ wages are too high.