Look carefully - this is a picture of a UK school-teacher
She has a first degree in astro-physics, is partway through a masters degree and has recently completed a PGCE ( post graduate certificate in education) in the UK. An American citizen, she currently teaches physics at a London school where she also runs the astronomy club among other things. She also happens to be a close friend (!) of Number One son.
She recently wrote this comment on her Facebook page - best argument I've heard for ages for such a sorely very underrated and under appreciated job. What do you think?
"Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them £6.08 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or the hours they spend before or after school. That would be £39.52 a day (8:30 to 3:45pm with 45 min. off for lunch that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay £39.52 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day, maybe 30? So that's £39.52 x 30 = £1185.60 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE.... that's £1185.60 x 180 = £213,408 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries.) Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is! The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is £32,000. £32,000/180 days = £177.77/per day/30 students=£5.92/6.5 hours = £0.91 per hour per student--a very inexpensive "baby-sitter" and they even EDUCATE your kids!' WHAT A DEAL!!!! Make a teacher smile; re-post this to show appreciation for teachers. Easy! :) "