Bail Out Wall Street, but No Sympathy for Teachers!

Jon Stewart once again shows the hypocrisy in America with his sarcastic show comparing the Wall Street CEOs who were bailed out by the government and the teachers in Wisconsin who are demanding what was rightfully promised them.

One of the arguments that Stewart calls the media out on is the notion that teachers don't work a full year, therefore don't deserve higher pay. I'm pretty sure most educators will agree that our jobs do not end when school lets out for summer because we are usually still working in our rooms, attending workshops and conferences, taking graduate classes, lesson planning, teaching summer school, and/or coaching, just to name a few.  In fact, we probably work more hours than many professionals during the school year, as well. For most, our work day begins early in the morning before school and ends after grading papers, coaching, planning for the next day, and/or tutoring, late in the evening. It is not uncommon for me to work from 6:30 a.m. until midnight with a few breaks to eat and use the restroom when I have loads of research papers or projects to grade.

Of course, we all know how hard we work, but it's nice to see Stewart (who is the son of a former school teacher) support us by exposing just how warped the perceptions of teachers are in our society. 

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