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A survey on teacher workloads in Manitoba has generated a lot of discussion.

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A survey on teacher workloads in Manitoba has generated a lot of discussion.

A story with the headline '50-hour work week reality for teachers' had readers working overtime on the posting board.

 

My spouse is an operating room nurse paid less than $80,000 annually who experiences the daily pressure of working crazy hours compared with the average Manitoban.

Perhaps you want to compare workloads in life and death situations when operating room nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, etc., face a very concentrated workload which impacts the quality of lives.

-- 23734452

 

If they feel they are overworked and underpaid, quit. I am sure there are people out there that would love to get a chance to make that kind of money.

-- time1

 

I went with my wife to a teacher gathering (there were about 12 of them) and the teachers admitted they did nothing until the final week before school started (I think one had prepped ahead). It is definitely not the norm to prep ahead. Both my wife and sister-in-law are teachers as well, as many friends, so I'm not just spouting off without facts. They are all great teachers and dedicate a lot of their time to the kids. Definitely work 12-hour days with the understanding they have incredible amounts of 'personal' time. This article does not represent their views as they know their schedule is compressed and they don't complain about it (too often). We all complain from time to time.

-- icedkarma

 

I value and appreciate a good teacher. Have public sector unions actually gotten to this stage? Teachers, regardless of how good they are, are paid very well. Twelve weeks off, a full benefit package, and two sick days a month? And they are complaining?

If it was such an awful job, would we have scores of education students lining up for the existing jobs like we do?

Am I -- the average Joe, who has been hit with sales tax increases, hydro rate increases, property tax increases and little income growth -- supposed to feel badly?

All the while the education tax portion of my property taxes has more than doubled in the 11 years I have owned my current home.

Sorry MTS, you need to find your sympathies elsewhere.

-- Gordo

 

Nine hour days with three weeks of holidays a year and a crappy pension plan... welcome to my world! Now I know being a teacher is not an easy job... too many rules to follow these days and you have to be so damn careful to not offend anyone. Teachers used to teach because they loved it... not sure if it's always the case these days, but they definitely have nothing to complain about when it comes to salary, vacation and pension plans.

-- LuckyBucky

 

I'd kill for a 50-hour work week.

I'm scheduled for 60 hours this week. That doesn't include my "take-home" work, nor the time I will inevitably put in past my scheduled time.

Having said that, I don't think the majority of teachers are complaining about time put in, but the class size. I don't feel sorry for a teacher's workload so much as I do a student in a class of 30 or more kids.

I'll side with the teachers on this one. Ideally, the amount of students in a class should allow for proper and sufficient attention from their teacher. Otherwise, what's the point?

-- Ellipsis

 

Educating children, your children, is not as simple as ABC or 123. Teachers work in an incredibly diversified environment, having to make a multitude of split-second decisions. Demands on their time each minute of the day by each student are exhausting. Teachers are not just teachers. They are specialists in many fields. Teachers are parents, counsellors, therapists, coaches, scientists, historians, computer whizzes, the list goes on. Above all else, teachers care.

One more thing... those problem kids, those special needs kids, those needy kids, those hungry kids... they're yours. And you are welcome.

-- BM

 

Poor babies! What's the big deal. Most professionals work in excess of 50 hours per week. As a professional you do what it takes to get the job done. These whiners wouldn't last one week in private industry. Suck it up and consider yourself fortunate.

-- 34523555

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 15, 2013 A10

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