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(CBS 46 Atlanta)   Dozens of teachers respond to budget cuts by walking off the job. Just kidding, they're volunteering to teach children to read for free   (cbsatlanta.com) divider line 216
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2012-06-14 08:39:19 AM
Heroes indeed.
 
2012-06-14 09:01:50 AM
Actually, they'd probably get more accomplished for the long-term health of the education system if there was a general teachers strike. Though admirable, it will just solidify in the budget-cutter's mind "see, they can work for free. cut their budget even more."
 
2012-06-14 09:04:38 AM
yay teachers who care!
 
2012-06-14 09:04:55 AM
Yup. And it's super-dooper that the community and school board they serve now don't get to experience the real repercussions of gutting school budgets. Cowardly local politicians can sleep well at night knowing that they can slash public education instead of honestly dealing with the need for revenue and assume that they'll get for free from teachers what used to cost things like money. And, hey, if there are a few teachers out there who don't want to "volunteer" their services, why, they can just trot out the "inconsiderate public servants" line and imply that maybe these teachers don't truly care for their kids. It's a farking wonderful situation, a real study in balance, a real inspiration.
 
2012-06-14 09:10:24 AM
It's a summer program so it's mostly serving the poorest kids. The time for a strike is during the regular school year when the entire community would be impacted equally. I think this is a perfect use of the hero tag.
 
2012-06-14 09:31:08 AM
This is just ridiculous. You would never say to the road repair crews "hey, we can't really afford to pay you, but why don't you come fix this road on Saturday so no one gets in an accident."

But hey, I'm sure that years of demonizing, politicizing, condescending, and mocking teachers while making the job as financially unrewarding won't have any impact on the sort of people that go into teaching.
 
2012-06-14 09:38:23 AM
The uneducated mostly vote republican...
 
2012-06-14 09:41:26 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: This is just ridiculous. You would never say to the road repair crews "hey, we can't really afford to pay you, but why don't you come fix this road on Saturday so no one gets in an accident."


Actually, in this case, they're volunteering to help the least fortunate kids, so, it's not actually free work. They'd do this shiat for free anyway because they're teachers at heart.

But when the school year finally does kick off, they'll stop doing it.
 
2012-06-14 09:54:48 AM
Maybe the teachers are worried if they don't go into work they'll never get laid.
 
2012-06-14 09:56:22 AM
Your move Chicago
 
2012-06-14 09:56:45 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: This is just ridiculous. You would never say to the road repair crews "hey, we can't really afford to pay you, but why don't you come fix this road on Saturday so no one gets in an accident."

But hey, I'm sure that years of demonizing, politicizing, condescending, and mocking teachers while making the job as financially unrewarding won't have any impact on the sort of people that go into teaching.


Not to mention the fact that no sane male should get into it for fear of being falsely charged with sexual harassment because a cheerleader got a bad grade.
 
2012-06-14 09:57:47 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: This is just ridiculous. You would never say to the road repair crews "hey, we can't really afford to pay you, but why don't you come fix this road on Saturday so no one gets in an accident."

But hey, I'm sure that years of demonizing, politicizing, condescending, and mocking teachers while making the job as financially unrewarding won't have any impact on the sort of people that go into teaching.


This used to happen in the US all the time. Sadly, people today are too lard bellied to even consider this the norm it once was.
 
2012-06-14 09:59:19 AM

Pocket Ninja: Yup. And it's super-dooper that the community and school board they serve now don't get to experience the real repercussions of gutting school budgets. Cowardly local politicians can sleep well at night knowing that they can slash public education instead of honestly dealing with the need for revenue and assume that they'll get for free from teachers what used to cost things like money. And, hey, if there are a few teachers out there who don't want to "volunteer" their services, why, they can just trot out the "inconsiderate public servants" line and imply that maybe these teachers don't truly care for their kids. It's a farking wonderful situation, a real study in balance, a real inspiration.



Most cuts have been on state level, so you can hardly blame local governments. Plus they want to make it worse now by giving out vouchers to entitled folk.
 
2012-06-14 10:00:09 AM
Wondering how Fox News will spin this one into another anti-teacher rant.
 
2012-06-14 10:01:19 AM
Teachers are the whiniest bunch of crybaby attention whores on the planet. Look at the grades and graduation rates. And they have the nerve to biatch every farking year about wanting a bigger raise. I got a 2% raise this year.And you know what I got the three years prior? ZERO.

/STFU and teach
 
2012-06-14 10:01:43 AM
There is something about a cow and buying milk that my dad kept telling me in my high school years. Personally, I've never seen a cow wander into the milk coolers and buy a half gallon, but he sounded so serious when he was talking about it so there must be something to it.
 
2012-06-14 10:02:45 AM

Cythraul: Actually, they'd probably get more accomplished for the long-term health of the education system if there was a general teachers strike. Though admirable, it will just solidify in the budget-cutter's mind "see, they can work for free. cut their budget even more."


I'm afraid that was my first thought as well.
 
2012-06-14 10:02:49 AM
This proves we don't have to pay any teachers. Cool.
 
2012-06-14 10:05:57 AM

Majick Thise: The uneducated mostly vote republican...


Partly. Uneducated low-income people still mostly vote Democrat, but this shifts Republican at higher income levels (a pattern that generally holds at all levels of education). This is true even if you remove minorities and look just at low-income whites. Interestingly, in this category, high school grads vote more Republican than high school dropouts (and also more Republican than more educated people).

andrewgelman.com
 
2012-06-14 10:06:13 AM
See libtards, people will just sacrifice their time to teach kids, no need to pay them.
 
2012-06-14 10:06:25 AM
If they were in in for the money... well, they wouldn't be. Still, they've got to eat.
 
2012-06-14 10:07:25 AM
Looks to me like we found the teachers that should get paid.
 
2012-06-14 10:08:20 AM
So they learned a lesson from Wisconsin after all.
 
2012-06-14 10:08:44 AM

abhorrent1: Teachers are the whiniest bunch of crybaby attention whores on the planet. Look at the grades and graduation rates. And they have the nerve to biatch every farking year about wanting a bigger raise.


This article isn't about teachers demanding raises. It's about educational programs being cut. But thanks for your generic rant apropos of nothing and unsupported by facts.
 
2012-06-14 10:08:45 AM

abhorrent1: Teachers are the whiniest bunch of crybaby attention whores on the planet. Look at the grades and graduation rates. And they have the nerve to biatch every farking year about wanting a bigger raise. I got a 2% raise this year.And you know what I got the three years prior? ZERO.

/STFU and teach


Apt screen name.

0/10
 
2012-06-14 10:09:05 AM
But the GOP told me that they were all greedy union slackers, the GOP wouldn't lie about decent holistic people in order to protect the wealthiest tax payers would they?

/Conservatives view this as "see we don't need to pay them as much because they do it out of compassion"....farkers.
 
2012-06-14 10:11:37 AM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: This is just ridiculous. You would never say to the road repair crews "hey, we can't really afford to pay you, but why don't you come fix this road on Saturday so no one gets in an accident."


And yet when Congress neglected to renew funding on the FAA (about a year ago), we still asked safety inspectors to work for free.
 
2012-06-14 10:12:04 AM
Rule of unintended consequences
 
2012-06-14 10:12:06 AM
wait a minute...
how is this "volunteering for free"? I love me a teacher, or two. I have five in my family. But teachers are paid all year long, they just don't typically work during the summer. These teachers are just continuing to do the job they are paid to do instead of taking three months off like all their co-workers. Just sayin'
 
2012-06-14 10:12:18 AM
Better late than never to start teaching the kids to read.
 
2012-06-14 10:12:19 AM
holistic = altruistic

/need a refil on coffee
 
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2012-06-14 10:12:56 AM
I can't understand how a kid isn't able to read by the time they are school age.

/oldest starting reading books at age 2
//youngest starting at age 3
///it's not that hard
 
2012-06-14 10:13:08 AM

Pocket Ninja: And it's super-dooper that the community and school board they serve now don't get to experience the real repercussions of gutting school budgets.


Yeah, because to make the point they should make a child's education suffer. I'm guessing they just have a better sense of priority.
 
2012-06-14 10:13:26 AM
They should at least pass the plate during class. Or teach on a sliding scale.

Hi kids! Want to learn your letters? It's the new, hot thing. Come on down for a little learning. In my class, the first twelve letters of the alphabet are free and I'll throw in all the vowels. Now, there are a lot of words you can make with that knowledge, kiddies. But if you want to learn the rest of the alphabet, bring cash. Five bucks will get you to the letter T and ten will get you to Z. I know. You're thinking that most of the letters after T are just throw always, right? Well, kids. That ten bucks. Mommy and daddy spend more than that on coffee, will get you the full alphabet including the vowels and - AND we are going throw in a bunch of dirty words. Not just the cuss words but words like vagina. Can you spell that with you five dollar purchase? The smart kids are saying no. Bring ten bucks and you'll get the full alphabet, all the vowels, a list of dirty words and every kids who pays ten bucks gets to look up at least five dirty words in the dictionary. That's right. You get the spelling, You get the vowels, you get the words and you get the meaning.

Classes start in the park tomorrow morning. Look for the group of eager learners and the old guy that isn't homeless or selling booze. But if you want booze, I can provide that too for just a little more $.
 
2012-06-14 10:13:28 AM
I wonder if the Superintendent and School Board will be taking a pay cut as well?
 
2012-06-14 10:13:31 AM
People helping pitch in out without government force, inconceivable!!

/taught math several summers for free.
 
2012-06-14 10:14:47 AM
See, libs! I told you teachers are overpaid. They'll work for free. This just proves Scott Walker's point.
 
2012-06-14 10:15:54 AM

Majick Thise: The uneducated mostly vote republican...


I thought the Republican Party was the Party of the Wall Street Billionaires and other business tycoons?

Hardly 'uneducated'. Unethical perhaps, but far from uneducated
 
2012-06-14 10:16:00 AM
The article isn't specific enough re budget cuts...were the cuts to summer programs that the teachers are now doing for free, or are they completely unrelated?

Regardless, and whether or not any summer programs are worth the money, good for these teachers to volunteer.
 
2012-06-14 10:16:12 AM

ginandbacon: Heroes indeed.


No, I've been told they are all "union thugs". Just like firefighters and police officers.
 
2012-06-14 10:16:30 AM
This woman is brave but naive.

Her teachers union is definitely going to have her legs broken for this "outrage."
 
2012-06-14 10:17:28 AM
Silly teachers. The mere act of teaching costs us millions per hour. It doesn't matter if you do it for free. It's just basic physics.

/i learned physics from a republican
//e=mLibslibslibs
 
2012-06-14 10:19:19 AM

Trance750: I thought the Republican Party was the Party of the Wall Street Billionaires and other business tycoons?

Hardly 'uneducated'. Unethical perhaps, but far from uneducated


You're talking about the small percentage of Republican voters that decide what the other voters are to believe. Without an unthinking reactionary horde the Republicans can't be successful.
 
2012-06-14 10:20:10 AM

KnowItAllGuy: wait a minute...
how is this "volunteering for free"? I love me a teacher, or two. I have five in my family. But teachers are paid all year long, they just don't typically work during the summer. These teachers are just continuing to do the job they are paid to do instead of taking three months off like all their co-workers. Just sayin'


But they're not getting any incremental pay for this work. Theyd be entitled to their regular pay whether they're at the beach, playing video games all day, or tutoring at the library. Those in TFA are doing the latter, for at least a few hours a week.
 
2012-06-14 10:22:06 AM

abhorrent1: Teachers are the whiniest bunch of crybaby attention whores on the planet. Look at the grades and graduation rates. And they have the nerve to biatch every farking year about wanting a bigger raise. I got a 2% raise this year.And you know what I got the three years prior? ZERO.

/STFU and teach


You know what raise I got my last year teaching? -8% And you know what I got the three years prior? MINUS 3%.

Who's the crybaby now?

/Know what raise I got when I went to the private sector instead? 50%
//Good luck getting good teachers in technical fields, boys and girls
///CSB
////Slashies
 
2012-06-14 10:24:31 AM
Why are you all getting mad about people doing charity work and not getting paid? 3 hours a week durring their down timeis an outrage? No one is making them do it, they just happen to be decent people. Maybe the parents need to step up and stop putting it al on the teachers
 
2012-06-14 10:24:54 AM
That's great for the kids and all, really. But if you don't value your time, no one will.
 
2012-06-14 10:26:10 AM
Okay, folks, I have a question for you: if you're on salary, which is usually expressed in dollars per year, which way would you prefer to be paid? Nine big chunks with a three month gap or twelve smaller chunks with no gap?

Teachers are not being paid to go on vacation in the summer, they're being reimbursed for taking a smaller paycheck during the school year.
 
2012-06-14 10:26:33 AM

KnowItAllGuy: wait a minute...
how is this "volunteering for free"? I love me a teacher, or two. I have five in my family. But teachers are paid all year long, they just don't typically work during the summer. These teachers are just continuing to do the job they are paid to do instead of taking three months off like all their co-workers. Just sayin'


If you have teachers in your family, you should know that they in fact do NOT get paid all year round. We get paid for 10 months, and have 2 months of mandatory unemployment. Now, I don't mind it so much but on balance would prefer to get an extra two months income. Plus, the kids wouldn't have all that time to forget everything they just learned.

I have my school district set aside 14% of my paycheck during the school year, to be used during the summer. To an uninformed observer, it looks like I'm getting paid during the summer but it's actually just the money that I already earned.

/Became a teacher just as the real demonization was starting.
//Would not recommend the profession to anyone.
///That fact makes me sad.
 
2012-06-14 10:26:51 AM
Done in two.
 
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