I saw this on BosGuy and thought it was really cool. This is footage from the 2011 SOS March. Matt Damon spoke. Matt Damon did interviews. Matt Damon defended teachers against a [expletive] cameraman!
One of the comments on this video says:
And yes, they do. Please tell me why I would take a job that requires me to work weekends, before and after my scheduled job, and work during the summer when I'm suppose to be off, totally to probably 80+ hours of work per week...just to make 40k a year?I completely agree with what the commenter says, except I must add as someone who teachers at a private school: I wish I made 40k a year!
As a personal aside, you might be wondering why I work at a private school that pays just over half of what public school teachers make. The answer is quite simple actually. It has nothing to do with the fact that private school children are smarter or better behaved, the truth is, they are not. The reason I teach at a private school is that they have different rules when it comes to teaching credentials. In the State of Alabama, in order to be able to teach in a public school one must have a degree in education. There are rare exceptions to this rule, such as emergency hiring and certification, but you have to find a school system to do this. History is not usually a discipline in high demand. All of my degrees are in History (BA, MA, soon to be PhD). I was told that if I wanted to teach in the Alabama public school system that I would have to return to school and get a second master's degree in education. Credentials for teaching history in Alabama middle and high school only required four additional history courses above the core requirements. To me this is ridiculous. How do you get a good enough education in history so that you can teach it with only four classes? The majority of classes are education pedagogy related courses. The thing I don't understand is that I can teach history to college history education majors, but I am not allowed to teach history to high school students. To me this is stupid.
I love to teach, and that is the reason that I do it. The college job market is extremely tough at this point, even though they keep saying that many professors are retiring, some colleges and universities due to budget restraints are not hiring to replace those professors. So I got a job teaching history at a private school. I may complain about the pay, but at least I am doing what I love, even if the students can drive me crazy at times and I put in as much time working outside the classroom as I do in the classroom.