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Sunday, April 5, 2015

This teacher hate needs to stop

Posted on Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 4:00 AM

I am so sick and tired of the overall abuse and lack of support that teachers receive in this province - especially after the winter that we have had. It is not the teachers' fault that we have had so many storms, but they are the ones who suffer by having their marking day taken away from them. Everyone seems to have forgotten, but close to a decade ago, ten extra days were built into the school year to make up for missed time in the classroom, which is why school starts as early as can be in September, winter break is shorter than it used to be, and school ends as close to June 30th as possible. Have we exceeded those ten extra days this year? No, we have not. So there is no need to hit the panic button just yet. What many people do not seem to understand is that teachers only get paid for being at school twenty minutes before the first bell, and twenty minutes after the last bell. Marking is not usually feasible during those times because it is used for morning duty, lesson planning, or extra help. During the school day, it is naturally expected that class time be dedicated to the students themselves, so most teachers end up marking everything on their own time. So before you stop and criticize teachers, think about what our school system would look like if teachers only worked what they are paid to do: that would mean saying goodbye to teams, clubs, committees, dances, proms, trips, and absolutely anything extracurricular. —Annoyed

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