What else can they find to criticize us for???

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What else can they find to criticize us for???
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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 7:58pm

One of our local news stations just ran a story on how many sick and personal leave days teachers have and how many are used. It included statements such as:

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Sherry

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 9:38pm

It's terrible. I think because tax payers pay our salaries, we get more criticism than anyone else. I don't know why they don't go after police and firefighters too, though. They seem to always assume the worst about us. It's funny becaue a lot of teadhers I know hate to take sick days because it's a lot of work to do sub plans and a lot of work to make up the work that didn't get done when they were out.

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Sat, 02-12-2011 - 9:35am
I wish you included a link to the paper to I could leave a comment! I hope you left one on our behalf. The sick day issue is one we face in our area as well. It makes me upset. First of all most people get what 2-3 weeks of time at the least to use through out the year when they are sick, need a break, etc. And almost everyone I know in other positions uses their sick days no matter what. Most teachers I know do not take the days unless they need to. We save them for maternity leave if young, if not we want to do everything we can for the kids so we try to be there everyday, not to mention sub plans are so much work and often are not followed. Not to mention I am sure they are just looking at the number of days taken and nothing else. For instance how many of these teachers were on maternity leave and had a certified sub in their room? Or how many of those subs were covering ppl who were on medical leave or taking a sabbatical and again were certified? Then there is the hazard of being new to the field of teaching. When you start teaching (especially the younger ones) you are exposed to more germs than you can imagine and you get sick over and over and over again. I remember my first year teaching I took every last one of my sick days, BUT I had 3 sinus infections, 2 cases of strep, 3 stomach viruses, and the flu! Oh I forgot the pink eye I got with one of the sinus infections. My point is in all that time my husband got maybe 1 cold. It has gotten better every year, but I still get sick more than most adults outside of my field. If teaching is such an easy job why can't the uncertified subs to just as good as us anyways?
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Sun, 02-13-2011 - 7:43am

They can bite my arse!! Shyt happens outside of the allready out school for vacation and such days that we receive. My tooth exploded the DAY we were supposed to come back from Xmas break. I had to go, my mouth was on fire, i used some of my sick leave and had my documentation.

I can agree to show your documentation just to cover your own arse but everywhere I've worked, I have gotten 10 sick days a year (or 80 hours) and maybe I took one.

Clearly these people are not looking at the big picture. I love the ill informed masses. LOL.

Oh and yep Sherry, my mother works a job that she gets 1 sick day a month and they accrue over time to the point where she had to take them or lose them as well. No one criticizes those jobs for days off, but whatever!!

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Sun, 02-13-2011 - 7:40pm

Doesn't it make you want to just give up? I agree that since we are paid by taxes everyone seems to think their dollar came straight to us and that we have to follow their orders and agree with their opinions. I really wonder who in their right mind would want to enter this profession with all the blame and criticism that teachers get.

Sherry
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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 12:49pm

I try and schedule every appointment possible for myself and the kids during summer or Spring / Winter break. But things happen!!

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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 11:40am

You're a perfect example of what happens every day in every district. We all manage to do our best for our students and ourselves. Not everyone has the same priorities and options, but we try and we cope. Isn't this true in every profession?

I know that some people would say that many families don't have the luxury of leave days and they

Sherry
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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 7:37pm
Sometimes I wish I lived in another country with a better outlook. I know several people who agree with me. I am thinking Canada.... maybe England..... They seem to have their priorities more in line.
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Wed, 02-16-2011 - 11:32am

I know exactly how you feel. I'm even starting to feel this way about some states.

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 8:29am

I live in Canada, and things are probably better here...at least for teachers.

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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 12:48pm

I've heard a lot of my students talk about lazy teachers also. They often criticize those that they observe for their classes or their former teachers. All seem to have the opinion that they are going to be perfect and do so much better.

Sherry

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