Last night I am lying in bed and thinking. I usually do this during the school year with new ideas to try in my classroom, but last night I am lying awake thinking about my salary and it is summer. Why am I lying here awake during the summer?
Well, a couple days ago I went into my school to sign my contract for next year. I signed my contract with no raise, not even a step increase. :( It amazes me that the price for everything goes up but my salary either stays the same or gets lower. It isn't fair!!
Yes, I know. I am a teacher! I have always wanted to be a teacher. When I was little I remember lining up my stuffed animals and teaching them. They were great listeners.(hehe) I have never imagined doing anything else with my life but teaching. I taught classes at the YMCA throughout high school and just always knew my passion was to be a teacher. I was so excited the day I got my first job and I still continue to get excited for the beginning of the school year. This coming year will be my 12th year teaching. I just never imagined that my dream job would pay so poorly.
Why oh why do teachers get paid so poorly? Without teachers no one else would have a job. I think teachers should be one of the highest professions out there. I know my opinion really doesn't matter but still. In order to be a doctor, you have to be taught by a teacher how to be a doctor. It just isn't fair!
Luckily, I am married to a wonderful husband who has a good job. If I was single, I don't think I could survive. Especially with two kids. I think that is just horrible. I have a very important job but the pay stinks! Teachers should be the people that don't have to live paycheck to paycheck. I love watching the Housewives shows. They are always very entertaining to watch. I looked up what some of the housewives get and I just can't believe it. Someone that is on a show is making more than a teacher?! Actually way more than a teacher. It would take me years to make what they make. I find that ridiculous. I think our country has the wrong thinking. Maybe our education system would be better if they paid the teachers what they are worth!
Then next year they want to base teachers salaries off test scores. I am all for keeping the good teachers and getting rid of the bad, however I think basing salaries off of test scores is the wrong approach. I have always had good scores, but it is super scary when my salary is going to depend on that. They don't know the make up of my students and their lives. I have no control what happens at my students homes but now my salary is going to depend on them. It is super scary. I know I was never a good test taker. To think I could have hurt my teachers paycheck if I scored badly. I would have felt horrible the rest of my life. I think doing this is going to cause some of the best teachers to quit because it is too stressful.
Again, I don't want to be all negative but I do think the education system needs help. I have always wanted to be a teacher but with the stress I have thought about doing something else. I don't know what that would be, but it has been on my mind. I love teaching! I love helping kids succeed. I love watching my class grow. I do think we as teachers should ban together to get our education system better.
Vent over! Thanks for listening!