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    Teachers work nine months per year, not ten (don't forget two weeks Christmas break, one week spring break, 9-10 week summer break).   Plus they typically get more holidays than other employees and better benefits.  They only need to be on site from maybe 7:30 - 3:00.   They may work extra hours at home, but they can do that on their own schedule to some extent.  Most other workers do not have that flexibility.  

    Most other professionals also have to pay for their own memberships in professional societies and continuing education.  And these other professionals are better educated in what are usually more highly competitive programs.

    Your cousin sounds like a dedicated hard-working teacher.  Most probably are.  But it is the rare day at a public school when you can find more than a handful of teachers on campus at 4:00 pm.  And the quality and work habits of teachers vary enormously.  Your cousin knows this.  In my experience 20-30% of teachers are crappy and lazy.  Many of them are using the same handouts and tests they have used for years, sometimes without correcting the errors that have been pointed out to them.  Homework receives a check mark.  Twenty hour science projects are graded on the spot in a few minutes.  Emails and phone calls are not returned.  These bad eggs, and there are far too many, spoil all teachers' reputations.  Support for higher salaries would be much more favorably received if that lower strata could be dumped.

    Oh well, sorry to sound grumpy about teachers.  I guess am feeling sore because we have had to put our kids in a private school because the local public middle school seriously sucked.

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