Hi there. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.
I came across this op-ed titled, “The Myth That Teachers Get Summers Off—Debunked” on takepart.com and had to share. An excerpt:
…it is a myth that teachers get eight weeks of ‘summer’ vacation each year.
“While it’s true that the workday is not from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as it is during the school year, the work does not stop when the children leave the building for summer break.
“Many teachers stay and teach summer school or provide new coursework for students who want to get a headstart on the next year. And this is just the beginning.
“When I look at my summer plans, I see an abundance of professional development and training plans, travel for professional networking, and at least five to seven days set aside to work on my classroom.
There are few professions that I admire more than that of teaching. To have made the conscious decision to dedicate one’s life toward the betterment of children’s minds for less pay and respect — at least in the U.S. — than you deserve approaches the very definition of heroism in my book.
Written by a high school teacher, the op-ed is unsurprisingly well-written so I have little to add
I might have re-worded the title that what’s more important is that teachers don’t get paid summers off, so it’s more like a forced summer furlough than a summer vacation.
Among the teachers I know, some take graduate school classes year round, then use the summer to accelerate their coursework full-time and others continue working exactly as the writer says.
Share your thoughts if you have any and enjoy your weekend.