I saw this on someone’s FaceBook page and I just had to repost it. I think it speaks for itself. I cannot count the number of times I’ve been told that teachers make a lot of money considering all of the holidays that they get. This really puts it into perspective!

**Are you sick of highly paid teachers?**

#### Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 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 baby-sit 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 Master’s 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 (nation wide) 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 baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

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*It turns out a peer of mine came across this article as well and posted it to her blog. She also included an inspirational video to go along with it, and I think it corresponds very well. Check it out: *http://blakleyb.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/what-teachers-make/

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This is so true! I was reading this and I could not believe how much sense it made. Great blog Sara.

I know! I couldn’t believe the numbers when it was broken down like that!