Letter to the editor: Letter writer was off base on teachers

Posted 8/21/18

Letter writer off base In his letter last week, Smith Young made several blatently incorrect statements. I’d like to address one in particular: “$53,080 is a good salary with full benefits for …

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Letter to the editor: Letter writer was off base on teachers

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Letter writer off base

In his letter last week, Smith Young made several blatently incorrect statements. I’d like to address one in particular: “$53,080 is a good salary with full benefits for part-time work, given summer, spring, fall and Christmas breaks.” I am dumbfounded that this kind of thinking still exists. It is tragically delusional, and unfortunately all too common.

Forbes reports that the median annual household income in Douglas County is $99,198. Just let that sink in as you review the first paragraph. Many teachers take second jobs to keep their bills paid. I dare you to ask any teacher how much “vacation” time they take.  They can’t afford vacations. I dare you to keep up with the average teacher. Meetings before and after school, parent-teacher conferences, lesson planning, required paperwork, preparation for “standardized tests,” grant writing for supplies or a project the school can’t afford, IEP discussions and extra work outside of class with students with special needs, coaching or sponsoring after-school clubs or sports teams…oh yes, and teaching young people for seven hours. Average work day: 15 hours.

Teaching isn’t a Job. It’s a calling. These professionals know that they hold the future in their hands.

It is beyond comprehension that there are still people who feel that teachers “have it easy.”

Before you write a painfully uninformed letter, do yourself and your community a favor: Volunteer in a school. For more than an hour. Try it for a week. Or a month.

I dare you.

Heidi Thomas

Castle Rock

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