A “measure” was passed by our lovely Governor Granholm and all her cronies the other day. Seems our fine lakes state of Michigan has decided that it’s up to its teachers to balance the financial fuck-up’ed-ness and the lacking pension fund caused by mismanagement. So, the government has declared that they will begin deducting 3 percent of teachers already measly salary. Which seems to be some sort of punishment for not taking that early retirement incentive. But 3%, for my family, is our monthly grocery fund. Already struggling families of educators are going to be placed in worse off positions. I wouldn’t be shocked if this little initiative causes more bankruptcies and foreclosures.
I have a very simple question. Why is it up to the teachers, who get paid a laughingstock amount to begin with for a job that is probably the most important one there is(let’s be honest, without teachers there is no one), to smooth out our governments extremely deep wrinkles…CRATERS? What about the top heavy administration? Did they get penalized for being in the education field, if you can call being an administration part of the education system when it’s really just another office job. To me, they are just a financial drain, weighing WAY too heavy on the top and smushing everyone beneath them into the dirt. But what do I know? I’m only the wife of a poor little school teacher.
No one else…superintendents, administrators..GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS…none of them are taking pay cuts to help in this little endeavor. They stand there, all sanctimonious and self-righteous…because it really doesn’t have any consequence for them. Except maybe some angry bitch who writes a blog post and negative comments on online articles.
What about doctors, lawyers, artists, writers…anyone…who teaches in their area of expertise PLUS works in their field. What about salary cuts from them? Besides, they learned to be what they are from a teacher.
It’s a crock of shit.
Teachers. We need them to teach us. Or we become a civilization of stupid, ignorant assholes…worse than we already are. You keep messing with their pay, insurance, benefits…there will be less teachers in the world. Causing a shortage. Which, in turn…lack of a decent education. Which…we are well on our way to seeing.
Remember, you get what you pay for. Keep cutting the salaries and the insurance benefits AND the pension…you’ll see what kind of education our children will be getting. Or…NOT getting.
In China, teachers are revered and respected. Here, in the U.S, they are barely noticed let alone revered…unless they are going above and beyond for OR having sex with a student.
I’ve always found it to be absolutely shocking and quite laughable that our mostly uneducated, low class actors and sports figures receive huge salaries for doing basically nothing. Big deal, you can act or throw a ball. So impressive, let’s give you a giant 6 figure salary. And the gym teacher or acting coach that harnessed your powers…thanks and fuck you.
We know though that our government and their children…they don’t have to worry about the school system falling to shit. They just happily send their kids off to private schools.
Wake up people. Because, before you know it, we are going to be a 3rd world country and having to send our kids overseas to get properly educated.
This decision was a giant step backwards. It’s a shame. It’s embarrassing how pathetically backwards our state…our country…is showing itself to truly be.
It makes me ashamed to say that I’m an American.