Teachers are always whining about their pay. What ever happened to "doing it for the kids"?
The above argument, posted on the blog, has also been echoed by politicians, reporters, and citizens of Ontario as a way to somehow rationalize that teachers should not be able to fight to improve their working conditions, pay, or benefits.
This blogger takes two perspectives.
1. If concerned citizens, politicians and reporters are that concerned about "the kids" then why would you attack those who could, and can, impact them with daily "anti-teacher" rhetoric and legislation that strips them of their collective bargaining rights?
Shouldn't you just pay them more?
Or, at the very least, focus your media coverage on the positives of teaching, great teachers, and the importance of this profession.
For example, if the Toronto Maple Leafs want to attract the best free agent player, they don't start by telling them how terrible they are, how they don't deserve raises, how they are the reason for the teams past failures etc.
You try to sell them on the job of being a Toronto Maple Leaf.
If you want to attract the very best teachers, while at the same time taking away their bargaining rights, shouldn't you at least try to sell them on the positives of the job?
When was the last time a major media outlet published something positive about teachers?
2. Teaching is a career. People who become teachers know that they are working with kids, and they hope to make some sort of impact on children. But they do it for the money. Sure, they also may do it for the job satisfaction, or because it fits their lifestyle, but lets be honest here, we live in a capitalist system. You need money to survive. You need money to prosper. You need money to enjoy your life.
If a police officer was given two options: 1) stay a police officer with a significant reduction in benefits and salary or 2) change to a career that pays significantly more more, with the same working hours, benefits, etc. do you not think for a moment that they would switch?
Or at the very least fight for their existing rights so they could stay a police officer?
But somehow, because teachers work with kids, they are not supposed to fight for their rights? They are not supposed to fight for the right to be paid similarly to other professions where the minimum requirements are 5 years of university?
And all because they are supposed to be "Doing it for (someone else's) Kids?"
Does the bus driver not have the right to fight for their benefits because he is "doing it for his passengers?"
Does the politician volunteer his/her rights away because he is "doing it for his constituents?"
Does the warehouse worker decide not to take his mandatory breaks because he is "doing it for his corporation?"
Of course not.
But teachers are.