Why are teacher’s treated like glorified babysitters? #Readmissionpossible


I’ve been a teacher in our public schools and a child care worker. There’s no shame in being a child care worker either. You can do any job and do it well and be proud of the job you do. Someone has to train the child and give them direction while the country works for 9-10 hours a day. Shouldn’t this job be deemed as indispensable? A necessity? Something we must have and strive for is getting the best teachers to give our children direction? Why, yes we should! But do we?

Is stagnation in our public schools caused by not being able to accomplish all the goals set out for our teachers? Or could the stagnation be from not feeling appreciated for the 50 hour a week job that you do? Oh, sure, in my state you only get paid for the 37.5 hours you are clocked in. But the hours you put in afterwards and at home add up to so much more!

Were you aware that we, as a country, spend three times as much on a prisoner in our prison system as we do on a student in our educational system. Sure, the prisoner is there for 24/7 but shouldn’t we at least spend equally on the student in the educational system and try to keep them from becoming one of the many in our prison system.

Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia wrote a book looking at how we can change this in our state. The book, Mission Possible, I am going to offer as a giveaway to one lucky reader.

Some things Mission Possible discusses within the book are: set your standards high and expect everyone to meet them, go faster and expect them to catch the speed, and parents should get involved and stay that way. We can’t expect the students to change the standards and the way we teach. The adults need to get involved to see the change happen. Success Academies are a great example of the school of the future. This would be an excellent book for teachers to read and share with their principals. There’s a takeaway for us all. Teachers, parents and administrators alike can learn from Eva and Arin!

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4 Replies to “Why are teacher’s treated like glorified babysitters? #Readmissionpossible”

  1. Being an educator myself, I’ve seen class sizes in high school over 40 students per class, colleagues getting laid off, experiencing cuts in my benefits, forced furlough days, lack of supplies, and much more….we’re asked to do so much with so little…

  2. I would love to read this book! Instruction time versus discipline time is a very real concern for me. I know the teachers have their hands full and while I do my part at home with my own children, I have seen 1st hand what some parents feel is the teachers job, including basic parenting like manners and hygiene! Thanks for sharing your take on this hotbed subject Dina, great review!

  3. I think in Canada they might get paid for at home time. I know for a fact that every Thursday the students get sent home at 2pm but the teachers are there til 3pm and get paid for it. And there used to 2 Fridays a month that the students had off but the teachers were at work. Our school year finally is starting after the Sept long weekend (we’ve always started three days before, had the long weekend and back again LOL. ) My daughter prefers going back in Sept as this means she gets to work and earn more money (She works out of town for the full summer months)
    I also did not pay my babysitters more then $5/hr so I really don’t think I would ever call a teacher a glorified babysitter.

  4. I think that class sizes need to be smaller and have more time during the school day for teachers to work on plans. I know that often teachers have to stay with students even during computer lab time, library visits, etc and during lunch. This makes the teachers have to work more outside of school to do planning, grading, etc.

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