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Originally posted by roadgravel
Do you think any of this might have to do with the attitude of the students. No one is going to force someone to learn anything. If it was solely the system then no bright or educated graduates would result.
However, the above quote is where I differ from you.
Teachers ARE NOT slaves. Teachers in Victorian schools are paid an annual salary based on 38 hours per week. A standard, top level teacher will earn around $75,000 AUD, thereabouts. Many teachers will spend at least 8 hours per day on campus, following that up with perhaps another 10 hours per week at home doing corrections/preparations. That's already a 50 hour week. In any case, I know that it would be near impossible to get the basic job done without at least spending 40 hours per week on task.
Expecting a teacher to impinge upon their personal life and family time, by demanding that they do more work is wholly unreasonable. Teachers can not apply for over-time rates, as they are paid by salary, not as an hourly wage-earner.
Teachers are paid a bare minimum, compared to other professions. Other professions often reward extra work with bonuses or over-time payments. Teachers do not have this luxury.
Even the worst kids can be taught in school (there are many movies on teachers who bucked the system, got crap for it, and actually taught the kids something worthwhile).
Thank you for the info. What we make in our district seems like very little, it is more than what most people here in deep south Texas make. Here, if you make over $40-50k, you are categorized as rich. If you make more than $150k, you are one of the elite. No one can really fathom more than that down here.
You can blame the public schools all you want but I think that it is the families responsibility to instill the desire to learn and then provide a home where education has a high value.