Teachers don’t teach to have an “easy life”

OlympiaJuly 11, 2013 

Thank you for the Boo to Rep. Liz Pike and her view of teachers. Pike thinks perks are the reason why I and many others chose to teach, but that only shows how little she knows about why teachers teach.

I held several jobs in the private sector before turning to the profession that held me for more than 30 years.

Pike’s accusation about the “easy life” is not new.

My day did not end at 3 p.m. There were meetings with parents, classroom work to plan or papers to review.

My holidays were not spent forgetting the children, but rather planning activities for their future.

I doubt she would recognize one of the reasons for the rise of teachers unions: that a board of education could take action against (fire) a teacher for little or no reason, even if that were only dislike of the way the teacher treated their child.

It’s sad to learn that she serves on the House Education Committee where she can recommend cuts in education budgets, force more cuts in staff and promote her belief that teachers who don’t like their pay can just go look for another job. As if!

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