Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Simple Math

by Dick Mac

This has been floating around the internet the past year, and I don't know who wrote it. I was reminded of it when my friend Karen posted it on Facebook today:

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 less than 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 plan--that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to babysit 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 vacations.

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 Masters degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour.

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 (nationwide) 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 babysitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!


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

(And remember, if you can read this, thank a teacher, and your parents' teachers!)

And then read this for entertainment:

Dead Enz
Kyle G. Brixton

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