I remember comments like this when I was a teacher. Usually from people who would last approximately 36 in that honorable profession.
So you think the job is 180 days, early dissmal and Summers off?
The 180 days per year is required of the students. I’ve never met a teacher that worked 180 days, it’s always much higher.
Half-day for prep eh? It’s more like one 40 minute period for every four periods taught, but then there’s those parent calls to return and classes to cover for your fellow teacher who’s meeting with complaining parents, and then there’s your meeting for “Independent Educational Plans” (every kid is entitled to special treatment you know). Assume an extra 10 hours a week creating some of THOSE babies! (IEP)
Then there’s the basic facts of the job - imagine going to whatever job you have, and finding 25 (more like 35-40 now)
wired and crazy adolescents all dying for your attention in different ways. The ones who want to impress, the ones who want to disrupt, the suicidal one in the back row, the one with 2 mommies in the second row, the one caught drinking last week, the one they caught with a gun in another school and now he’s in your school, you get the idea. Now they will TRY to get away with whatever they can, and learn as little as possible but you get the upper hand and control the class and actually teach them and - what’s that? the BELL! and a new crop comes in with 1000 times more energy than you have and you start from square one again. This will go one for at least 8 periods. (I often explain this part to my friends who have never taught. They either-
a)ignore it because they don’t want the facts, or
b) they think about it, and this look of understanding covers their face. It’s a good moment.
Back to your day:
Then (if you don’t have bus duty) you’ll spend at least an hour returning phone calls, notes, and demands for “special treatment” from parents who cannot even ask their kid if he has done his homework.
Then you’ll go home and spend at least 3 hours per night grading the work these kids are doing, and documenting everything these kids say and do because you’ll need that in the parent-teacher conferences where everyone thinks they’re a lawyer and their kid walks on water. They want YOU to cut their kid some slack so he can become a successful professional somewhere making the big buck (for God’s sake! we don’t want him to end up as a teacher!)
So, you think you’ve got a weekend, do you? Nope - you have to go to the nearest accredited college and continue to take education course NOT FOR MORE MONEY - but just to continue to hold your state license.
When I did the job, it was just customary to write off all weekends for 9 months. If you weren’t IN a school activity, you were usually there to support it, cheer on the kids who mom or dad is too busy or too drunk to care…you know - the basics.
Anyway, these numbers you have sound a little off. They can’t be based on the 14 to 16 hour days I worked as a teacher.
So I would estimate well over 288 days of actual teacher work from first day to last day. Sat and sun were less hours, so let’s say 10 hours a day at $34.06 per hour …that salary should come to $98,092.80, I think.
WOW - you’d need a PhD and about 25 years to get to that salary in PA.
Yes we did get some time off in the Summer! Woo-hoo. But most teachers I know worked, took classes, and besides, all those days off in the Summer merely add up to the number of weekends you regular workers had while we were in school 9 to 10 months per year! .
I could go on and on, but let me put it this way, my first teaching job was in a Catholic private school - so I would have LOVED to have the I described job above! I think I got two prep periods per WEEK, unpaid bus duty, unpaid cafeteria duty, unpaid study hall duty, and when I need extra rehearsals, they were before school, after school, or on the weekends, all unpaid)
Anyway, I’m not a teacher anymore, I’m in the cushy world of 40 work weeks!** (well, I try to limit it to 40)