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  •  I sometimes wonder if the pay situation and (8+ / 0-)

    the expectation that teachers shouldn't even THINK about salary, like it is somehow unseemly if they do, or it makes them a "less good" teacher if they do, doesn't have a dose of sexism attached to it.  I can't really think of another profession where professionals are burdened with the judgment that you shouldn't care about what you are paid for the work that you do.

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    by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 01:03:51 AM PST

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    •  I'm sure that's part of it (3+ / 0-)
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      Melanie in IA, elfling, bkamr

      I can definitely see sexism being a part of it. There may be a perception that teachers, especially of younger children, are mommies as much as they are teachers and it would be very unseemly for “mommy” to complain about pay.

      To some degree though, I think all public sector employees are in the same boat. The basic bargain of a public sector job is supposed to be that you get a lower salary, better benefits and better intangibles, e.g.: more job stability. Of course, the way things are going, public employees still have the lower salary but are losing the other things that make the job worth it. Likewise, teachers are losing what is probably one of the most important intangibles: a modicum of public respect for the work they do.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:44:05 AM PST

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