This has been mak­ing the rounds late­ly and is an absolute gem:

Teach­ers’ hefty salaries are dri­ving up tax­es, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in per­spec­tive and pay them for what they do — babysit! We can get that for min­i­mum wage. That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that sil­ly plan­ning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min off for lunch and plan­ning that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each par­ent should pay $19.50 a day for these teach­ers to baby-sit their chil­dren. Now how many stu­dents do they teach in a day… maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

How­ev­er, remem­ber they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any hol­i­days. LET’S SEE.… That’s $585 X 180 = $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My cal­cu­la­tor needs new bat­ter­ies.) What about those spe­cial edu­ca­tion teach­ers and the ones with Mas­ter’s degrees or high­er duties? Well, we could pay them min­i­mum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour (but we should­n’t get car­ried away). That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 chil­dren X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute — there’s some­thing wrong here! There sure is!

The aver­age teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per stu­dent — a very inex­pen­sive baby-sit­ter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; re-post this to show appre­ci­a­tion for all edu­ca­tors.

I don’t think the dol­lar val­ues are for Aus­tralia — our min­i­mum wage is high­er than $3.00. The point should be obvi­ous nonethe­less: we seri­ous­ly under­val­ue the peo­ple who are respon­si­ble for edu­cat­ing our chil­dren.

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