Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 | 2:02 a.m.
What profession is mentioned more in political debates than teaching? A profession that requires a college education to procure a position and ongoing education to keep it is now regarded with utter disdain by a vast amount of society.
Patient, kind people who love to help children are somehow now scapegoats.
People have mistaken our kindness for weakness. We are not volunteers — yes, you have to pay us. There are a certain number of teachers needed to teach a certain number of students. Simple math. Same as there are federal, state, county and city employees needed based on population needs. When some politicians look at the spreadsheet and see a lump sum that goes to pay teachers, it seems like an audible scoff can be heard. As far as I am aware, not one politician donates his or her service for free or reduced rates. Why should I?