Originally Posted by INJoker
Going back to my initial assertion:
The teachers that I know do not want more money. They feel they are fairly compensated, despite being compensated at a relatively low rate compared to the private sector.
The teachers that I know only want to be fairly evaluated.
Going back to my "Doctor" analogy, please explain to me how it is rational to pin a child's cognitive abilities, aptitude, level of interest, motivation, English proficiency and behavior entirely on a third-grade teacher who only sees him 7 hours per day, 180 days per year?
You really think the impact that teacher has is going to outweigh the influence of the child's drop-out parents who work in a factory?
There is a reason that the children of educated individuals achieve much higher scores on standardized tests: they are expected to do so by their parents.
Do you know anyone who thinks they are fairly evaluated?
I'm in sales. My success is largely measured by a simple set of numbers. Those numbers represent only a fraction of what I do every day for my employer. I have a supervisor who lives 800 miles away who will see me 4x yearly. What do you think the chances are that I'll be evaluated fairly?
I'm asked to work evenings, occasional weekends. I'm asked to do things that aren't directly in my job description. No additional compensation though, yes, I make a considerable amount more than a teacher.
My point being that everyone has their burdens. IMO, teachers do an inordinate amount of complaining about theirs.