Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

December 12, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Teachers  work when school’s out

I heard a radio commentator mention  how easy classroom  teachers have it  with  their  seven-hour  weekdays and three-month summer vacations. Did he think that teachers only work when there are students in  the classroom?

If this is the case, then  this commentator must only work three hours a day because that is the only time that his listeners know he exists!

I channeled my thoughts further to the world of professional athletes and coaching. I only see professional  football, basketball and baseball players and  coaches  on “game” days. So,  that means they  only work about  three hours a day and, depending on the sport, less than six days a week? They also get long vacations.

I have witnessed teachers working many hours outside of class, including weekends and holiday periods, and “their  playbook” is pretty large!   

The playbook of a teacher contains weekly lesson plans, academic and physical needs of different students, progress reports of students about their skills in different subjects including writing portfolios, and other pertinent information about changes in the educational system. They also need to set aside time for parent  conferences  and extra-curricular activities such as coaching various groups. 

Computers have also made teacher workdays longer because of educational information that they have to be familiar with and the emails they have to read and reply to. A lot of this “computer work" is done at home as well.

The “two-month” summer vacation is  used mostly for planning and preparing classrooms for the upcoming year. 

I’m sure professional players and coaches prepare for their competitions. I just don’t see it in person.

However, I would sure like to have the “severance  package” they receive when they are unable to fulfill the  contracts that they signed!

Bryan  Fleming, Ashland

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