As a follow up to my last argument, take a look at this comment that was posted in response to my blog on vacation pay:
Teacher work on average 154 days per year. This is part time work, and part time is part time. Doesn't matter if you are delivering pizza, cutting hair or working at Sears in the cosmetic section. These are all peer jobs to the common teacher. Part time is part time. Now for the salary and benefits. Teachers in South Dakota make $34,040 per year, and have 15 weeks holiday. Same job as our Canadian teachers, so why the huge difference in pay? Teachers are not professionals, the use of this term is insulting to us Professionals. You will not find one single Professional in Canada that only works 154 days per year, and shutting down at 3:30. Please refrain from using this term, we have worked very hard to attain our designations and teachers are demeaning it. We are educated with real degrees, not a bird BA (Burger All) and some bird courses written by the union to get a teaching certificate. And, that is all that it is, a certificate. Not like a true Professional Designation like a CA, or LLP, etc.
These are precisely the people that we will never convince and should not spend a single amount of time on (beyond this blog).
She has ignored every single blog post, the real facts, and made erroneous conclusions that are not based on reality.
Despite teachers being officially called "professionals" by government agencies, universities, and other councils, she has decided that based on generic and untrue comparisons that she is entitled to determine that we are not.
Despite proving that teachers work from 9 to 5 before calculating extracurriculars she claims the job ends at 3:30.
She believes that teachers in South Dakota, and their living expenses, are similar to Toronto based on the fact that she believes this to be true.
She believes that a 5 year University degree, plus at least 2 additional university level courses qualifies as a certificate.
I thank her for proving our argument.