Buying Their Own Pencils

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This is one of those instances where I have to preface my post with “I am not bashing ______________” In this case, the noun is “teachers.”

I went to public schools my whole life, prior to college. My teachers, collectively, could be put on a bell curve. 20% of them were terrific. 20% stunk. The other 60% were competent but not memorable.

I was intrigued to see this………..

Infographic: Where Elementary School Teachers Get Paid The Most | Statista

I suspect some people would react with, “Wow, Luxembourg knows how to value teachers! Six figures! Yes!

Umm, I don’t think there’s a person working for the bloated municipal entity of Palo Alto that isn’t making six figures. Let’s take a social studies teacher, for instance…….

Nearly a quarter million dollars. I hope she’s fantastic. Indeed, if she is fantastic, that’s great! But I don’t think it’s a meritocracy.

What makes it extra bizarre is that the people responsible for the entire State of California make more modest salaries……….for cryin’ out loud, the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the entire state makes less than half what the aforementioned social studies teacher does!

Odd stuff, ain’t it? Leave it to the government.

Let’s just say I’m kind of irked that we are constantly told – – especially around election time – – about the poor teachers who are barely making ends meet and are buying school supplies out of their own pockets – – when, at least in my area, these folks are scoring banker-sized salaries by working nine months out of the year. Plus, I seriously doubt they’re footing the bill for construction paper and paste.