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Are Ontario Teachers Setting A Good Example For Their Students?

Posted January 11, 2013 by jim young in Education

– jim young

Unlike many people I don’t really have a problem with teachers getting the summer off and enjoying the benefits such as extended holidays at Christmas and Easter.

Let’s face it. These are just a few perks of the job.

Look at it this way. Teachers are paid for a 10-month term and then choose to have the pay they earn for the ten-month period paid out in smaller increments for a 12-month period.

So although teachers appear to be paid for 12 months when they only work 10 months – it’s really just a matter of budgeting.

If you dispute the AMOUNT they are paid for their 10-month term – well that’s a totally different issue.

But let’s stop the ridiculous argument that teachers get paid for taking summers off.

And if it’s still a big issue for you – get a job as a teacher or shut the fuck up about it!

The reciprocal to this is that teachers should quite whining about the so-called “after hours” work they have to undertake preparing lessons, marking tests and participating in extra-curricular activities.

Like any salary position – unpaid overtime is a reasonable expectation.

It comes with the territory.

If teachers don’t like those conditions they shouldn’t have become teachers.

Both of the above complaints are akin to someone taking a job in the service industry and then complaining they have to work weekends and evenings.

But when teachers go on strike whether it’s a full-fledged walk out or rotating strikes – they’ll get no sympathy from me.

Why should teachers (or anyone that gets paid by the public) expect pay raises and benefits that are far beyond the raises and benefits being paid to the public sector?

At our company – as well as many others in the public sector, simple cost of living increases have been non-existent for over 5 years.

Our benefits are being decreased annually.

So while I continue to effectively earn less money each year, why would I support any group that tries to increase their standard of living at MY expense through increased tax dollars?

But to add insult to injury – teachers in Ontario are set to participate in an illegal strike situation tomorrow.

They’re not calling it a strike though. It’s a political protest. (A rose by any other name…)

So let’s step back for a minute to the point I made about expectations of any given job.

Like it or not – when any teacher accepts his or her teaching assignment, there’s an expectation that the teacher will set an example for his or her students.

And what kind of an example does this “Political Protest” set for the students of Ontario?

Are the teachers trying to show students how to react when “they don’t get their own way”?

Is participating in an illegal strike teaching their students how to “follow the rules”?

If the teachers feel that Dalton McGinty and his government’s decision to impose contracts is illegal, why don’t they follow proper procedures and let their union lawyers fight it out in court?

Instead the teachers’ union has suggested that if necessary, they will pay fines of up to $2,000 per teacher for those participating in the illegal strike.

If the union is offering a payment for teachers to participate in an illegal strike should they not be charged with solicitation?

The teachers call it a “Political Protest”.

McGinty calls it an “Illegal Strike”.

I call it “Blackmail”.

I don’t know about you – but I don’t like to be blackmailed.

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