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Discussion in 'Education news' started by ridleyrumpus, May 10, 2019.
At least we are not there, yet.
Teachers paying for their own sick cover while they are ill?
What an excellent and sensible idea. Every Right thinking school teacher will be and should be petitioning and indeed urging our own UK government to introduce this inspiring initiative into our own State funded education system. This would deter malingerers and in turn boost the educational achievement and successes of our own pupils and additionally free up capital to enable our own school children to benefit from the very best management skills of the world's most able business pioneers to run our state schools.
Teachers there should strike. All of them. Until this policy is changed...
I haven’t researched this, so I might be wrong but:
It seems to me that there is a direct correlation between how teachers are respected and treated, and how well the education system is seen to perform. Like us, a lot of teachers in the US are treated like rubbish and they have the same issues (like the effects of high-stake testing).
Yet places like Finland, where teachers are respected, come out on top of things like PISA.
So, it looks like -
No respect + not brilliant pay + high stake tests = low PISA
Respect + not huge pay + no high stake testing = high PISA
It can’t be that difficult for politicians to see.
Not brilliantly worded because I’ve just got up, but I hope you get the idea.
I think you missed out the first part of the causal chain
Value education=value teachers=good working conditions etc= high PISA
Little value for education =no valuing teachers=poor conditions etc.=poor PISA
Apart from being outrageous I did notice something else from the report.
"In San Francisco, where the cost of living is notoriously high, teachers make around $82,000 annually, US media report."
$82000 = £63000 (approx).
To earn that in the UK you need to be L18 on the leadership scale. Who in a school is on L18?
I think the report (or somewhere else) also states the high costs of living in SF and suggests that a six figure salary is a ‘low income’
How can a society think it's morally right to punish a teacher who gets cancer by having them pay for their own substitute? This is on top of the extensive medical care bills that this person will inevitably be facing. I'm glad they are considering changing their policies on this.
The BBC report says this has been the law there since 1976....
One word... UNBELIEVABLE!
I posted the link on an American teacher site I frequent. Expecting outrage all the replies I got regarded it as normal and what they would expect. A couple of replies thought it was fair! 10 days sick leave then pay stops seems to be the norm over there, not just in teaching. They were surprised when I told them how it works here. No wonder they need a teacher appreciation week!
Working conditions in the US are poor for everyone. The law doesn’t require paid holidays or sick pay. Each state does things differently. Most workers receive 10 days paid leave a year, which would make teachers holidays even more enviable. I would think the requirement to pay for your own cover is something to do with your insurance cover. It’s not until you read about individual cases that we can really understand the reality of being an employee in the US. As someone said earlier of lot of this stuff is seen as normal there so they don’t shout about it.