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10/3/2013 3:07:00 PM
Letter: Walk a mile in a teacher's shoes before you criticize


Kenneth Gaines, do you really think teachers should have their hours cut "like the rest of us?" This would mean less time spent with our children. These children are our future leaders.

That being said, I want them to have as much diverse knowledge as possible. Cutting their hours would probably be a blessing as far as they would be concerned. A teachers job isn't over for the day when the final bell has rings. They spend hours at home grading papers, preparing lessons for the next day, scheduling conference with parents, etc. If they were to be paid by the hour, I'm sure they would be underpaid.

As for pay cut ... do you have any idea of what a teacher has to spend out of his/her own pocket for the classroom? Go talk to one, you might be surprised.

I'm not a teacher but I do have the utmost respect for them. Especially in today's society. They really have to take a lot.

Kenneth, I hope this has given you a better insight on teachers.

Beverly Black


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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

These are problems that should be addressed by the district superintendent.

The Cottonwood community's commitment to education and respect for teachers is not in question.

For some reason, the recession hit COCSD a lot harder than it did any other schools in the area.

It's an appearance of mismanagement, not providing funds for worthwhile purposes or teacher performance, that's at issue now.

Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Article comment by: Maybe I missed something

My husband said I spent (and continue to spend) all that money on an education and continuing education to become a teacher for nothing.

Schools supply desks, chairs, a few supplies and curriculum, the rest comes out of my pocket.

He figured out that with all the time I put in on my job, I actually make about $2.95 an hour, not including the extras I pay for. No wonder so many teachers are leaving the profession.

Low pay, no respect and we get beat up for having the summer off, when most of us have summer jobs in order to survive.

Meanwhile Congress rakes in $173,000 for 126 days of "work" and they are doing NOTHING.

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