Word to the Teachers’ Union

Posted on December 7, 2012 7:00 pm

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14 Responses to “Word to the Teachers’ Union”

  1. ealye says:

    A prostitute could say the exact same things

  2. Harvey says:

    @1 – Technically, anyone who performs physical acts for the pleasure of others in exchange for money is a whore.

    I guess that makes what I do at IMAO “internet porn.”

  3. vperl says:

    Teachers were Once was a honorable profession, till greed, and lack of responsibility consumed the UNION and TEACHERS.

  4. arik says:

    Other than the “hands” and “orifices” nit, that’s a fairly accurate description of my job, if you include “working nights,” and “taking all kinds of crap from people I don’t even know, in a very real and literal sense.” I’d love to work days and have weekends and holidays of, but as I always say, when God quits having people die on the weekends and holidays, I’ll be able to stop working weekends and holidays. People don’t stop getting sick just because it’s Christmas.

  5. Magnus says:

    The only one of those that doesn’t apply to a teacher friend of mine is having hands in orifices. Admittedly, non-special ed teachers rarely have vomit or other bodily fluids covering in them, so that particular one isn’t normal, but that said, teachers have quite a lot of time, stress, etc. demanded of them and this is no more than an ignorant cheapshot.

  6. Harvey says:

    @5 – Let’s get something straight. There’s working long, and there’s working hard.

    I work long hours, but what I do isn’t hard.

    Fact is, unless your job requires you to wear safety gear, and you’re not physically (as opposed to mentally) exhausted at the end of the day, you’re not working hard. You’re just working.

    Teaching isn’t hard. Like every other job, it’s got difficulties & challenges, and it requires a specific skill set. But HARD? Don’t make me laugh.

    You want to see HARD work. Watch Dirty Jobs.

    Teachers work indoors in safe, temperature controlled spaces with regular hours.

    Ask a soldier about hard work sometime.

    If you don’t have cuts and scars on your hands, your work isn’t HARD.

    (For the record, my work isn’t hard, either, but I *have* done hard work in my life. And it sucked. So I did what I needed to do so I’d never have to work hard again.)

  7. jw says:

    @5 magnus “…other than the “hands” and “orifices” nit… (quote from @4arik)” is kind of like saying, “other than that, mrs. lincoln, how did you like the play?”

    ass deep in blood with a ruptured aneurysm, or perhaps a nice perforated colon. stab wound to the aorta or a guy dynamiting fish who lost both hands ’cause he was drinking beer while he did it. perhaps a nice case of meningitis caught while caring for your patients. or the major burns that require 24/7 availability. all of these and more in my career. you tell me how hard teachers work.

  8. Harvey says:

    @7 – Amen.

    Hard work means you have to shower at the end of the day to get the gunk and filth off you so you look like a human being again, not just showering off a little incidental perspiration.

  9. zzyzx says:

    A TSA agent could make the same claim.

  10. Dr Crusher says:

    i lift the legs of the fat people you mock at WalMart. They don’t help. Cut bones pushing and holding back to avoid injuring anything important. wear a lead apron so i don’t die of cancer fixing bones using fluoroscopy.
    FU Harvey if you don’t think being an orthopaedic surgeon in the United Fat states is hard work.

  11. Harvey says:

    @10 – Re-read my comment (#5), I specifically mentioned safety equipment. Lead apron counts.

  12. FOAF says:

    “have my hand in other people’s orifices”

    Bug or feature?

  13. Liz says:

    I absolutely agree with Magnus.

    It IS an honorable profession- just because their are those that have been consumed by greed doesn’t mean that the entire populace of teachers are that way. Where I live, teachers are horrendously underpaid for the abuse they have to put up with from other people’s children. Nowadays children are practically allowed to physically attack you with little to no consequence. If the teacher does anything to try to defend themselves or other students in the room they are almost guaranteed to be fighting a lawsuit. God bless your school if they actually do something about problem children, as too many parents refuse to discipline their children and refuse to allow anyone else to do it for them.

    Considering every teacher I have ever known has been attacked at least once- many of them more than that- trying the argument that “I do *insert crap* for a living, so they should stop whining” is complete bull. I’m not saying certain professions aren’t worse than others, but that doesn’t automatically make another’s complaints any less real or legitimate.

    If you’ve never even substituted for a school, you really have NO idea what hell it can be.

    “Hard work means you have to shower at the end of the day to get the gunk and filth off you so you look like a human being again, not just showering off a little incidental perspiration.”

    Clearly, you’ve never worked in a public school before.

  14. Harvey says:

    @13 – Not even when I was a student.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree. Teachers don’t work hard.

    This guy works hard:


    I admire SOME teachers because they have a talent for imparting knowledge to others in a fashion that makes those students better people.

    I *don’t* admire teachers for their “hard work”. It just ain’t there.

    I admire people in the trades for their hard work. Guys that have to lift heavy stuff all day, get filthy, and have to work outdoors no matter how crappy the weather is.

    Maybe… MAYBE the shop teachers work hard.

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