@Bobby33 You need to get your facts right. Service award is a one time payout not a per/year payment. Also teachers are able to bank sick days up to 195 but are not able to cash them out at the end of your career. You chose your career in sales they choose their career in education. Both jobs have outside of work time that needs to be done. I bet you have bonus incentives or commission built into your contract. Teachers do not. Teachers choose the career understanding that there will be work done outside the regular hours. Not all teachers get free periods every day. Some get as little as 2.5 hours a week. Teachers work past contractual hours everyday happily. Fact is that government initiatives have changed teachers job drastically over the last 10 years. Changes that create extra work and have very purpose except for collecting data to justify spending. I bet when your job changes you get to have some training time so that you can do it right. Teachers often have new intiatives dumped on them with no training. You really have no idea what the job is like. You should fact check before you rant.
@Furious Poprah If you think that it is teachers who are reducing a high school diploma to a reward for participating then you are sadly mistaken. Teachers are not responsible for this. The DoE who makes ALL the policy decisions is responsible for this. Teachers would love nothing more than to have students be accountable and to hold back students who are not ready to move on.....but we are not allowed to. The reason that the education system is a mess is because the governments making the decisions are making the wrong ones; modelling our current system around American models based around success from testing and data collection. We should be looking to leaders in education (Finland) for educational reform.
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