There it was! A post that forced me into drive by zealotry! I became vigilante commenter! You know the argument. We have all those breaks and get out at three. You've heard it before.
I guess after you hear the same crap so many times and then just one time you see it in print with a link that says "Comment" you can only wait so long before you do. I didn't say everything I was thinking--drive by zealots don't change minds. She emailed me to more softly tell me how easy I have it and I emailed back thanking her for taking the time to email. No minds were changed, no point in arguing. I even told her I will keep reading, and I will.
So I guess I just need a second to tell you what I wanted to tell her (or if she is reading to tell her this now).
The blogger's post encouraged all those complaining teachers to "get a full time job" and "shut the fuck up". I have some figures that might shed some light on the "full time job" argument. Addtionally, you can be pretty sure that even if I quiet down, I won't "shut the fuck up".
Here are some figures I played with regarding the "part time job" argument.
- I figured 36 weeks to the school year at 60 hours a week ( this counts my after school job and 10 weekly hours of prep work and grading. It's a conservative estimate). That's 2160 hours a year.
- 12 of those 36 weekends (again, a most conservative estimate) are spent with kids on some sort of extracurricular party. Let's conservatively call those 8 hour days. That's 96 hours a year.
- During the summer, I will spend about 4 of my 10 weeks in some sort of inservice or on a trip with kids. Let's call those 40 hour weeks and add 160 more hours to that total.
- Adding all these numbers and dividing by 50 still gives me a 48.32 hour work week.
So here's something else. I enjoy most of those hours. I know that my choice to work those kinds of hours doesn't diminish a single hour worked by anyone else on earth (with the possible exception of pro atheletes and TV Spokesmodels). When I work another hour, I don't wish one away from a single mother working hard in a family business and when I take an hour off, I don't add one to anyone else. If I gave up my tenure and union, it wouldn't give these benefits to anyone else. I wish other jobs had contracts and unions. My choice of a job doesn't automatically infer disrespect for yours (again, with the exception of pro atheletes and TV Spokesmodels).
Even if I did "shut the fuck up", none of this would change.