Teachers’ compensation reflects ‘extra’ hours
As a former teacher and school administrator, I take issue with letter writers who claim that when teachers work at home on lesson preparation or report cards, they are unpaid. The reality is that teachers are salaried. They don’t work for an hourly wage.
Teachers are hard working, caring and dedicated professionals. It can be a challenge to meet the diverse learning needs of 20 to 30 children in the classroom, sometimes with minimum support. Many teachers coach teams, lead musical and drama productions and sponsor student clubs. They do this because they care about their students, take pride in their profession, and gain personal satisfaction from making a positive difference.
But the truth is they are well compensated for it. They earn good salaries and have a generous sick leave allowance. They retire relatively early with a generous pension. They get 16 weeks of holidays, in addition to time off for professional development.
These benefits are not available to hourly wage employees.
Teachers get them because the public understands they work more than five instructional hours in a 200-day instructional year. I don’t think that understanding has changed. John Amon Victoria