Remember, this is a response to what they wrote on the Chronicle’s site, so there is some referencing of quotes and whatnot.
Man oh man, you critics sure do know it all. David, Elyria Resident, Sitting Bull (I know your lurking somewhere) ‘grab a hot-chocolate, and some marshmallows if it makes you feel better… this may hurt.’
You guys continue to amaze me with how much you ‘know’ via Google or the Comicle Telegram. I’m not too sure what the Chronicle was trying to establish by printing the teacher’s salaries, to me, they don’t want to stand behind the school district of the city they are located in. Where is the 7 page report on Lorain’s teachers? We got an average pay, but I don’t see the huge print up on them? Again I ask you….what is the most important thing that you want your child to have? Health? Sure! A good Education? Judging by your responses and your un-willingness to support your local school district, No!
Sure Rigda is double-dipping, that makes me as mad as any of you, but you can thank the State of Ohio for allowing him to be able to do that, don’t take your anger out on the Elyria City Schools. Are there some teachers that get over-paid? Sure! But…(this is where it gets good)
The parents are the ones dropping the ball with their kids. Way too often do kids not care one bit about school, and the blame must fall on the parents. Nowadays if a teacher calls home to report that their child was misbehaving, fighting, swearing, or just not caring about their work what do the teachers get in response? A parent that is furious AT THE TEACHER! Or just a hung up phone on the other line. Tell me this…why is it the teacher’s fault that YOUR KID sleeps through class? Why is it the teacher’s fault that YOUR KID goes home, doesn’t do their homework, and fails tests? The teachers that have been there for 10+ years are the ones making the good money because they are REQUIRED…again…REQUIRED to get a Master’s Degree. And since you all seem to be so fond of ‘Googling’ things I did a little Googling myself. The AVERAGE, so don’t attack me with your LCCC costs, or your Phoenix online rates, the Average cost to get a Master’s Degree is $180,000. So tell me, is it worth them making 70K per year? Well when you add the fact that most of these people have families, a car payment, and a house payment ontop of around 100K+ of student loans…then Yes, I believe it is justified.
And here is another point that I find just too funny to pass up. David, you said “My Answer: Did History and Mathematics change while I was out grocery shopping? ” Technically History changes daily because not only do these textbooks need to include new updates about things that go on in the present, but even things like 9/11 are the past, things like the never ending war in the middle east is part of the past. The first black president being sworn into office is the past, all of these things make up the history that we all know, ontop of every other significant event in the past. The social studies department isn’t just HISTORY, it’s History, it’s current events, it’s Women’s Studies, it’s European History, it’s Sociology, in other words, it’s far more than just history. As far as the mathematics books are concerned…Math itself may not change, but in order to compensate for the changes that the state requires, and to keep up with the learning curve of children today books need to change. And why the heck are you even complaining about the books? Sure the books cost the district, but books do not effect a teacher’s salary, and they don’t cost the parents much of anything. In college, just in case you forgot, books cost hundreds of dollars per semester. So you can go ahead and stick your tail between your legs and drop the book argument.
You also said this:
“My Answer: Sorry to report, I am a product of Private Schooling… you know, where Teacher’s Unions are frowned upon and teacher’s must excel to keep their jobs.”
Were sorry that your parents thought it was so neccesary to private school you. Every private school graduate that I know is a bum, and my ‘public school’ friends are doing a lot more with their lives. Private schooling does nothing more than give kids an ego, and shelters them from the real world.
Teachers do far more than people give them credit for, but all of you narrow-minded people would never understand, the only thing you pay attention to is that they are ‘over-paid’, they belong to a Union, and the schools require taxes to stay afloat. Another thing that amazes me is how people get all fired up if you say the schools are going to cut extra-curricular’s like sports, or make them pay to play, yet you are perfectly fine with letting 150 teachers go…so I say BRAVO to you for that.
I ask you all to take some time and think about what is important to your children, or grandchildren. Take the time to do that, and ask yourself if it’s worth a little over $100 per year? I challenge every one of you to honestly say that your child’s education is not worth a little over $100 per year, because if this levy doesn’t pass, that education that you want for your child…well, it’s going to be a whole lot harder considering the classrooms will almost double in size.