Congressman “attacking” low income families

I understand where people are coming from when attacking his words. I agree with what he is saying but he said it in the wrong way. Honestly I never came from a low income family. However, I was able to work in the school cafeteria in  elementary school and got my lunch for free.

If for one taught me some customer service skills. It taught me how to clean properly. It gave me the moral standards to which I live by today. One thing that I do not agree with is just making lots income students partake in this. All students dogs be given the chance.

I remember when I would work in the cafeteria it was a month by month basis and would be a first come first serve toe of thing to sign up for. Not many signed up for it. I don’t know why but it taught me so much. I also got our of class early and got free lunch

Georgia congressman defends school lunch comments
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/20/georgia-congressman-defends-school-lunch-comments/

School Cafeteria Workers

So, this week while talking to a cafeteria manager at a local middle school she informed me that her salary is based on the number of students who purchase lunch in their cafeteria.

I honestly had no idea that is how their salary works. It makes more sense now as to why they do not allow teachers and students to sell food in school. I think it is stupid that their salary is based this way. What if all students bring their own lunch, then their salaries will be cut down to $0 and there would be no need for them. But to some kids, the cafeteria workers become their friends. I know I got to know a lot of my school cafeteria workers by name and I would greet them every day at lunch.

These ladies at this middle school come in at 7:00am to prep for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast doesn’t even start till 9:00am. Teachers aren’t there till at least 8:00am. These ladies are the first to arrive to the school. They truly deserve our respect.

Teacher Preparation

One thing that pisses me off about my teacher preparation program is honestly the lack of structure. I have not been in two classes that are structured similarly. I have not used a single structure of grading, structure for a lesson plan, citation styles. It is so irritating. I’ve had one teacher say that our lessons don’t need to be more than 3 pages but can be 1 page. And I’ve had a teacher require a minimum of 11 pages for a single lesson plan (and they wanted a whole unit plan). I got 10 points deducted from my 43 page unit plan. I am not going to write 110+ pages for a 2 week unit plan. If I am going to do that I might a well write a novel and I better be published with thousands of sales.

I am seriously irritated right now with the circumstance. 

Teaching Profession

So, today while on Facebook on one of my groups there was a post about how liberals have given us a lot of “liberations” throughout history. How they stopped slavery, fought for womens right to vote, fought against Hitler, fought against segregation, the fought to end apartheid. How they put an end to child labor and gave us 5 day work weeks.

Well someone first commented “The only thing I would like us to do now is change that five day work week to a four day work week, 8 hours a day” my response, “So you want less money?” I don’t think they realized that if they just take one work day out and limit themselves to 8 hours a day then they will be losing money especially for those people that can claim overtime.

Another person commented “Not true! Fact Check ppl! The unions gave us the five-day work week and ended child labor.” I’m sorry but unions do not govern our country. My response was “the unions only bargain for it, the liberals in actual offices are the ones that supported and passed the laws.”

The comment that got me the most heated said “DAMMIT! I knew there would be a downside in there… 5 day workweeks are evil!” I just fumed over this one and wrote a really long response to them. I gave them the example of the life of a teacher my response was “Are you kidding me?? What job do you do? I’m going to be a teacher and I have thousands of friends and family in the teaching profession. They work at least 10 hours a day between before school preparation, after school clean up. They take their work home with them to grade papers. They do lesson plans on weekends. Yes they may have summer, winter break, and spring break “off” but they are doing professional development trainings, writing lesson plans, setting up their classroom for the next semester or year. Teachers are basically working 7 days a week around 60 hours a week but only getting paid for 40. They can’t do overtime. They can’t just not do it all because if they don’t then they will be fired.”

I’m sorry, but if someone is complaining about 5 day work weeks this much then they just need to find a better job because they obviously don’t love it enough. This is why I want to be a teacher, I honestly don’t care having to work extra hard for my profession and not get paid for it in money. I get my 40 hours a week but I also get the feeling of satisfaction when being able to help a child learn something new. That is payment enough for me. I know teachers are angry at how things are going right now. But it is change, if you have something to say about it, positive or negative, then go say it to the right people. Don’t just sit down at your computer and just vent on Facebook. Your elected officials are not going to listen/read to your Facebook posts. Send emails, make phone calls, go to meetings, organize people around the issue. We the people are the governing body of this country, if we don’t like something then change it.

 

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