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Teachers Accomplish So Much, Get So Little

June 30, 2013

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Jul-04-13 12:14 PM

Appears that this guy started something, when all he did was try to tell us how great his wife [teacher] is. Now stories are coming out about how qyestionable the education really is and who pockets what. They are doing something to kaap WV #47 in quality.

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Jul-03-13 9:51 AM

2616, You completely missed the point.

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Jul-02-13 5:22 PM

oldmansvan, for starters how about the electric lineperson who keeps our lights lit, how about the gas line repair people who keep our furnaces fueled and stoves cooking, how about the water dept people without whom we'd have nothing to drink and smell like a landfill. I'm not totally anit-teacher otherwise I would'nt have held K thru 12 teaching certificates for WV, OH, PA, and AZ; it's the use of the word "more" and the failing marks our education system receives that leads me to believe we're not getting our money worth when it comes to the entire education system.

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Jul-02-13 4:17 PM

Who among us has contributed more to society than those who teach our young?

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Jul-02-13 3:57 PM

Here's one to study on; a person (in WV) gets hired as a school bus driver, gets a decent wage, life ins., health ins., and a retirement plan. Driver decides to attend college, completes x number of semester hours and gets a raise. Driver completes more hours and gets another raise until a degree is earned and a final raise for the degree is given. Now suppose the driver chooses to stick around and drive a school bus for 20 to 30 years (I personally know of two drivers in this situation) and retire, first, how did college aid in driving a school bus so why the raise in the first place, second, driver's retirement base income is spiked and thus a bigger pension at taxpayer's expense.

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Jul-02-13 12:42 PM

Should have been a cowgirl. Learned to rope and ride

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Jul-02-13 12:20 PM

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. There is a disheartening general decrease in respecting knowledge, teachers and the learning process. There is also a decline in the percentage of students and parents shouldering any personal responsibility in learning, too. As a society and democracy, this is a frightening trend. P.S. - Eastern Ohio, please pass a school levy and show you care about the future. (WV, especially Marshall County, sure does.) Think of your school days and take a moment to mentally thank one of your favorite teachers who did care about you and made a difference in your young life.

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Jul-02-13 10:51 AM

An acquaintance of mine who's a teacher in the Marshall County system was telling me by "working" a number of school dances over the next few years, that she could "spike" her income so the higher number would be locked into her retirement. And after "retirement" she could actually still get paid hours in the system, in effect "double dipping" on her income. At no point did the subject of taxpayers come up!!

Certainly lots of great teachers around, but I'm sure this scenario is not isolated.

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Jul-02-13 8:44 AM

oandsvalley resident, perhaps you should bone up on your reading comprehension skills before you call anyone "ignorant".

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Jul-01-13 11:09 PM

Not often will I bash people but most of those who have responded here are ignorant. This article was about how he appreciates his wife because she has chosen to take a teaching job over going out and making much more elsewhere. Although I believe the public education system is far from perfect I have to say that a majority of the teachers are great at what they do and that includes babysitting the kids. Some who reflect the disrespect and ignorance I see from many of those who have commented here. Now I see why a lot of kids these days don't have any respect for their elders. They live by example.

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Jul-01-13 7:24 PM

Wheel- Are you a member of the teachers union or just plain hypnotized???

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Jul-01-13 5:26 PM

To the author, thank you. You are obviously and deservedly proud of your wife. Your description describes the dedication and sacrifices of many teachers who work hard to give their students their best.

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Jul-01-13 11:32 AM

Mr. Wallace: How dare you write an article for the Intelligencer praising public school teachers! What were you thinking? Thankfully, the all-wise readers of the paper (who have posted below) have skillfully and articulately refuted your arguments. Next time you write an article for the paper, Mr. Wallace, please keep in mind that you are writing for the Intelligencer. It was founded to protect the innocent populace from the evil machinations of men like you. May you and all the dedicated public education professionals who teach the youth of this area take warning! We will not abide with your malevolent, schemes to earn a decent living wage and to be treated with the respect that your profession deserves! We will not put-up with your devious plots to lift our children from poverty! Go get a real job! Be a coal miner or a steel worker at one of the many steel mills or coal mines that are left in our area! Make millions of dollars throwing a ball through a hoop like the humbl

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Jun-30-13 6:03 PM

Teachers unions have fought merit pay, charter schools and the firing of incompetent teachers. They continue to demand more and more money for pathetic results. They have a guaranteed number of customers and they can fail and fail and fail because there is always another group of customers (students) coming up.

They get nights, weekends, holidays and summers off. They can stay home when it snows too badly. They are not required to keep their skills current, to stay on top of recent developments or go back to school. They don't risk criminal or civil lawsuits for mistakes.

In short, when teachers behave like "professionals" maybe they will be treated like "professionals."

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Jun-30-13 1:35 PM

"She Is a Teacher" "She Is a Teacher" Do you think we are so dumb that we have to be reminded in every paragraph? If she makes so itttle money, why doesn; she quit and let you suport her?

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Jun-30-13 11:16 AM

Writer should'nt compare apples (teaching) to oranges (private sector). Normal work year for private sector = 2080 hours or 260 days; employment term for teachers in WV = 200 days or 1600 hours and teaching days (days actually in front of a class) = 180 days or 1440 hours. So a $40,000 salary for private sector boils down to $19.23 per hour while teaching equals $31.75 an hour. On top of this show me a fireman, police officer, nurse, doctor who can say "I'm on a 2 hour delay because of snow, pay me for 8 hours anyway". Using the same group above, show me one of them that can tell their spouse "I'll be home every night, every weekend, every holiday, will be home with you for a week at spring break time and two weeks at xmas". Come on author, your background items show you have no idea of the real world, give me a break. Noone held a gun to your wife's head and said " you will be a teacher or else".

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Jun-30-13 8:44 AM

and bad administration at the federal,state and local levels attempt to ruin good teachers.the teachers hands are now tied by our governments dumb ideas.are the students any smarter than they were 30 years ago?good teachers need to able to direct their classrooms with what they know that works.they know the difference between how things are supposed to work in theory vs. reality.big government knows nothing about kids.we see that everyday.a politician can't even change a flat tire.

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