Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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! :) "


  1. Very good points! So eloquently and unarguably put too. Shame she may not be able to afford the 12 inch Dobsonian telescope I want to sell right now, but maybe....

    I so hope that teachers and others get the money they deserve so much more than the effing bankers, but I am not holding my breath, I'm afraid.

  2. Tom - email with details of your telescope and I will pass it on. I've very little knowledge about the technical details of these things. (Though we do have an old 5inch refractor telescope at our French ruin which is fun for looking at the 'moonscape' in winter and etoile filants in summer.) As a failed astronaut myself ( in my dreams) I can hardly believe my luck in possibly one day having an astro-physisist daughter-in-law.

  3. I don't understand why teachers are so undervalued. Don't we want the best education for the up coming generation? You're not going to get it if good people are not becoming teachers because of the poor pay.
    p.s. My husband is a retired teacher and he told both of our daughters not to become teachers.

  4. Very good point - completely agree. I wish I seen it before.

    So sorry about Shot Dead in the Head - it is so naughty isn't it!! It has amused me over the years. Such silly school boy humour of the good kind xx


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