You are incorrect. You get three months off because, school is only in session for 9 months. Most parents would like to see school in session more often. I don’t think that the previous poster was complaining about how much vacation time teachers get. Rather the post asked teachers not to complain of long hours in light of their short work year, compared to virtually every other profession.
Be that as it may, teachers’ compensation and benefits should reflect the fact that they generally enjoy 2 months more vacation than most other workers in the USA. As such their compensation should not be equal to a that of a similar professional, who works 11 months a year.
Furthermore, the original thread on this issue was supporting some measure of “performance based compensation” in the public school system (not about teachers’ short work year). There is no viable reason not to base some or all of a teacher’s compensation on his or her performance. This will ensure that the best teachers are rewarded appropriately and the weaker teachers are also compensated according to their under-performance.
Finally, tenure and guaranteed annual wage increases MUST be terminated. Look at the state of our auto industry. There is no question that the UAW’s negotiated labor contracts are the primary reason our auto industry can’t make money. It is easy to blame poor management or poor quality cars. But, the fact is that neither of those arguments are really valid. Over the past 50 years, many management leaders have come and gone in the auto industry. Some have been hailed as models for managers in other industries to emulate. Others have been less effective. Similarly, the 1950s and 1960s produced some great cars. Since the late 1980s, we have also seen some great models. The 1970’s and early 1980s were really the only periods, where the American auto industry failed to build good cars.
So, what has been the common thread through boom and bust times, good and bad management and good and bad vehicle quality? It has been the negotiated labor demands of the UAW. The UAW has saddled Detroit with such a legacy cost burden over the past 50 years, that GM is sometimes called an “HMO that makes cars”. The UAW has made some concessions in recent years. But, it is not enough to salvage the industry…witness the current crisis. The ONLY solution is one in which the union no longer holds the industry hostage, much as the NJEA does for public school systems in NJ. There are plenty of example of non-union manufacturing in the USA that pays very high wages and produces high quality, low cost products. These companies are clear examples that unions are not needed to ensure a fair wage and competitive product.
So it is with public teaching in NJ. The NJEA is killing public education in NJ. The best teachers, who work hard and do a good job, have no reason to fear a work place without the NJEA. It is only those , who want to skate through their careers, striving to do only what is required (and in some cases not satisfying that requirement) that have anything to fear. Take a look around and notice what is happening in the auto industry. It is happening in NJ public education too. And, it is the NJEA that is to blame. If we don’t make a change pretty damn quick, our school systems will follow the auto industry down the tubes, and our children will pay the ultimate cost.