Tuesday, March 20, 2018

'I need a college degree to make this?' Second grade teacher vents fury by posting her paycheck

She's right. But the solution is not necessarily to increase her pay.  Rather she should have been allowed to teach after only a summer school on teaching.  That 4-year degree she did WAS a waste.  She could have been earning during those 4 years and would now have NO debt to pay off.  With money in the bank and  no debt she would be doubly better off

An Arizona teacher has gone viral after she posted her $35,621.25 salary revealing her shockingly meager $131.25 pay raise despite completing 60 hours of professional development work.

Elisabeth Milich, a second-grade teacher at Whispering Winds Academy in Phoenix, took to Facebook to educate her followers on the pitiful compensations Arizona teachers receive.

Milich took to Facebook to post a picture of her $35,490 per year salary and how it would rise, albeit minimally, after she completed 60-hours worth of professional development courses.

Such courses are often taken to boost a teacher's skills as well as salaries.

'I’ve debated about posting this but in the end want to show what a teaching salary really looks like in Az. This is my new pay after taking a few professional development classes,' she wrote.

'I actually laughed when I saw the old salary vs. the new one. I mean really, I need a college degree to make this? I paid 80,000 for a college degree, I then paid several hundred more to transfer my certification to Az,' she added.

Her pay stub revealed her income would jump to $35,621.25, a difference of just an additional $131.25 next year.

'I buy every roll of tape I use, every paper clip I use, every sharpie I grade with, every snack I feed kids who don’t have them, every decorated bulletin board, the list could go on. I love teaching! BUT…the reality is without my husband’s income I could NEVER be an educator in this state!' she added.

'I’m sad for my single mom teacher friends working three jobs to make ends meet! Something must be done…otherwise our poor children will be taught by unqualified, burned out, and just plain bad teachers! P.S. No one goes into teaching for the money, by all means…but we do need to eat and have a home!' she said.

Milich worked for the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix.

She added hearing Arizona Governor Doug Ducey boast that teacher’s pay had increased this year also encouraged her to go forward with the post.

'Our teacher pay last year went up 4.4 per cent to an average teacher pay of $48,000. Now that’s not enough,' Gov. Ducey said while on KTAR radio earlier this week.

She pointed out that her numbers are far from that, falling nearly $13,000 below the 'average' and that her increase will be barely more than $100.

'I don’t know who they’re talking about. Because I know what I live. I see my printout. And I can’t tell you how many hundreds of teachers have said mine looks exactly like that,' she said.

The median salary for Arizona elementary school teachers as of last year, adjusted for cost living, was $42,474, according to Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The media salary for high school teachers was $47,890. 

Although she privated the post since its gone viral, her message is part of a larger movement brewing in Arizona and across the states for greater pay for public school teachers.

Last week Arizona teachers saw a #RedForEd movement in the form of protests and walk outs as an outcry against low pay.

Teachers in the movement say that the meager wages contributes to a shortage of qualified educators. 

'I just posted it to bring awareness,' Milich said reflecting on the post. 'When you see it in black and white and you see what your raise is, it is just laughable,' she added.

A similar movement rippled through West Virginia as well, striking for higher pay. 


High School Students Tear Down American Flag, Brawl While Protesting for School Safety

High school students supposedly protesting for gun control to ensure school safety resorted to violence and vandalism at an Antioch, Tennessee high school Wednesday.

As local NBC station WSMV reports, videos of the rampage have surfaced on social media:

“While most Mid-state student walk-outs advocating for gun policy changes were peaceful and productive, videos have surfaced on social media of some Mid-state students perpetrating violence.

“At Antioch High School, social media videos captured a brawl inside the school. Outside, videos show students can be seen tearing down an American flag.”

A Metro Schools spokesperson acknowledged the violence and destructiveness of those protesting for gun control:

“Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school.”


Stacey Solomons’ reasoning for homeschooling her boys

THIS UK mum-of-two took her boys out of school, stating she had their best interests at heart. This is the outcome of their homeschooling experience.

THE life-changing decision I’ve made for my boys is controversial ... but it’s the right choice for them.

Friends have started to ask why I’ve taken my children out of school and whether I’ll be expecting a fine.

The truth is that they no longer go to school. Last September, the boys and I decided that we were going to try homeschooling.

Before I get started, I would like to say that every child is different and therefore responds differently to methods of teaching. Also, this wasn’t a decision we made lightly. It’s one we’ve been pondering for a few years.

Both of my children — Zachary, 10, and Leighton, five, — have been in school since the age of four and Zachary went to the childcare at the college I attended as soon as he was six months old.

They’ve both enjoyed their time at school but, as they got older, there were a number of things I began to question.

When Zachary was halfway through Year Two he began to lose some of my favourite parts of his personality.

Before that, he was often cheeky and making jokes, he never worried what people thought of him. He was a happy-go-lucky child, always inquisitive and wanting to know everything about everything.

We couldn’t even go into the supermarket without him asking about every product and where it comes from.

But he would come home from school embarrassed to make jokes and be silly and he became very quiet and a little sad. We spoke about this a lot and he explained to me that his behaviour was deemed naughty and disruptive by teachers and not cool by his peers.

He said when he asked questions, he felt they were silly. One stuck out for me in particular. They were studying the Egyptians and he asked, “But where did the Egyptians come from?” He was told to ask a sensible question.

Now, before anyone jumps to the conclusion that I’m school bashing or teacher bashing it’s quite the opposite.

Teachers are amazing. They are underpaid and overworked and I can absolutely see why extra questions and cheekiness is intolerable and messes with the routine.

The average school class has 27 children, with one teacher and one support teacher. Sometimes I struggle to get my two to sit and study for 20 minutes so I can’t imagine how difficult and stressful it must be for teachers to try to teach up to 30 different children with varied needs for six hours a day.

As time went on and Zachary got older it became uncool to be clever so his grades started dropping and his attitude rising. Yes, even at 10. I didn’t want to believe it started that early either but apparently it does!

That’s when I thought, “OK, what are we doing here?”

Homeschooling has always been at the back of my mind, because whenever I am with the boys and we are out in different environments their senses heighten and their enthusiasm to learn is at its best.

At first I thought it was just because they were with me and they would have been excited to be with me no matter what we were doing.

Much to my dismay, this wasn’t the case. It didn’t matter who took them to the museums or for long walks or to the observatory — they responded the same way.

This was one of many thoughts re homeschooling.

Another being, “What are they actually learning?” There are so many things I think are imperative to my children’s learning that just aren’t a part of the curriculum and lots of things I personally don’t think are necessary on there.

So we decided to homeschool and our adventure began.

It’s not easy. School is actually really convenient. You drop your children off and head to work and pay for the childcare in between.

Childcare is ridiculously expensive — it’s enough to make you consider not working because you have to pay so much — but I am in a very privileged and uncommon position.

My mum is incredible, she is able to be there whenever I need her and I am extremely lucky. I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.

Also my job (as a columnist) allows me to have more time off with my children and I realise not everyone is in the position to do that.

Once I knew I had childcare in place, I had to work out what they would be learning and how.

Tutoring is very expensive, so I only have a tutor once a week to follow the curriculum for maths, English and science.

You don’t have to follow any curriculum at all if you don’t want to but I have decided to keep up the core subjects just in case the boys want to go to secondary school at some point.

This means they will be able to take GCSEs and A-Levels if they decide they want to do that.

Other than that one day, their learning is fluid and geared towards things they’re interested in and excited about.

At the moment that consists of astrophysics (space), biology, technology and Mandarin.

We do lots of space projects and visit the Observatory regularly because they love it and while they love it they may as well learn it.

For biology, we take lots of nature walks and they LOVE learning about the ocean so we are often seeing my sister Sam, the marine biologist of the family, for lessons on all things ocean.

For tech, Apple run free weekend classes for kids to learn coding and my brother works in IT and is trying to show them how to build apps and create things online. (I have absolutely no idea so I’m learning with them!)

With Mandarin we have ventured into online videos because we haven’t found anyone in our area who teaches it but we are still on the lookout. The younger they learn a language the better, and as Mandarin is the most widely spoken language I think it would put them in good stead.

One of the biggest misconceptions about homeschooling, and the ones my friends seemed most concerned about, is that children won’t socialise and will have a limited ability to communicate when they get older.

I can honestly say this is a myth. There are so many homeschool communities all over the country, where you can socialise and even arrange group lessons at much lower cost but still a very small ratio of students to teachers.

My boys socialise with plenty of kids their own age, including friends from their old school as well as the many children we meet through the homeschooling community.

Also, socialising with adults isn’t a bad thing. When my little brother was born, we were all grown up and he learned to communicate at a staggering rate because he talked to adults. The boys are extremely sociable — in fact, I can’t shut them up and I wouldn’t want to.

Don’t get me wrong, I know we are incredibly privileged to live in a country where education is free to everyone, no matter what their background.

That is amazing and schools do a brilliant job. It’s just that, at the moment, homeschooling is the right choice for us.

Yes, it’s controversial and not everyone will agree with me but parents have to make their own decisions. No one should judge them and you shouldn’t feel judged. When it comes to raising your kids, I firmly believe people should do it their own way and not judge what everyone else is doing.

Luckily, my family have all been very supportive of me and have respected our decision and, while some friends have questioned it, they have been understanding.

Ultimately, I have no idea how this relatively new step in our lives will pan out, but right now my children are happy and healthy, enjoying life and learning and that’s all I can hope for.

Everything I have ever done for and with my children is with their best interests at heart and I think that is all parents ever do.

Every single child is different so you just have to go with it and do whatever you can and that is enough.

You’re all doing an amazing job, and I don’t think it matters what anyone else is doing! We are all winging it and there’s nothing wrong with that.


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