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Teachers up in Arms Over Hours
      #1748707 - 10/06/17 06:05 AM (24.209.195.61)

Daily Herald Article

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1748721 - 10/06/17 08:59 AM (98.110.252.12)

Maybe it's just me, but after reading this article i have absolutely zero respect for the Teachers stance. Hasn't everyone on St.Martin realized that during the aftermath & rebuilding of their Island home, daily life as they knew it now has to be altered in order to push forward in a unified way. Sad that this group of "engineers" in the development of children are against this. And make no mistake, i believe that "loaning" a months salary is a poorly thought out carrot on a stick that is ridiculous in it's current presentation.

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: mdmf52]
      #1748744 - 10/06/17 10:51 AM (97.102.19.208)

Wow. Zero respect for teachers stance? The article doesn't even get into their pay structure. Were they paid their salary during the storm recovery? We already know these folks are willing to teach, when others are not. They didn't even say they are not willing to work the extra hours, just that they don't think they are ready right now. The most unappreciated job in the world!

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: SXM_Bound]
      #1748747 - 10/06/17 11:12 AM (24.209.195.61)

After all, 6 hours is a pretty long day compared to the 4H 50M day they had been required to teach.

Unlike many others on the island, at least they have a job to go back to that will produce current income and is not related 100% to tourism.

BTW, my wife is currently a teacher and works 12 months a year due to where she is employed and works 8+ hours a day and has an hour drive to and from work. She also makes about 50% of what public school teachers make in the area who only work 9 months a year.


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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1748751 - 10/06/17 11:52 AM (128.113.133.15)

I get the impression that they are more concerned about the way the extra time was instituted rather than the time itself - no warning, no time to reorganize their personal schedules.

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: Rbailey]
      #1748754 - 10/06/17 12:08 PM (24.209.195.61)

And perhaps that is the case but perhaps they also did this to make up for the 4+ weeks they lost.

Sorry, but teachers just about anywhere do not get my sympathy.

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1748757 - 10/06/17 12:27 PM (32.213.141.210)

An hour & ten minutes extra?
Doesn't sound too long to make a big fuss about, IMHO.
I am a nurse, and until we got it abolished, we used to get mandated to work double shifts. Eight more hours, after working eight long hours, with no regard for babies, children or sick family members at home. Or animals and livestock either.
Not to mention it being unsafe, giving care and medications to sick people, being mentally & physically exhausted yourself.
I'm sure this will only be a temporary measure for the teachers,until things on the island normalize. It would be a shame for all the children to lose out on all the education they have missed.

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: pony600]
      #1748765 - 10/06/17 02:06 PM (98.110.252.12)

Excuse me ruralcarrier, but I 1000% agree with your stance, absolutely being a teacher in this day & age no matter where you are has taken on more of its share of difficulties, taking into consideration the tech world being melded into our children/grandchildren's every day way of life it's so obvious that these impressionable children are more attuned to a tablet screen than the voice of education standing alone in front of them. I don't nor have I ever envied the position any teacher is in, more often than not, nowadays they are more babysitter than educator thru no fault of their own. A lot of people desperately need to understand there is a time & place for Unions to stand their ground and once again in my opinion, there is also a time & place to embrace the chance to step up, come on an xtra hour & a half seriously. And for the record I was in a Labor Union for 45 years, 23 of those as a Union Steward. And again what happened on the Island is of no fault of any living being, but when will people put other people ahead of themselves, I wonder.

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: ruralcarrier]
      #1748784 - 10/06/17 08:59 PM (24.128.232.95)

I was under the impression that TTOL did not get into the political side of things so Iím kind of surprised a moderator would bring up this topic when itís certainly going to be controversial. Having been down there for only 4 days after the hurricane I canít imagine what these people including the teachers have gone through. Everyone there is in a state of exhaustion!

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Re: Teachers up in Arms Over Hours [Re: MotownTim]
      #1748785 - 10/06/17 09:23 PM (107.77.253.3)

Tim-I think this was a link to a Daily Herald story and to me, not political, per se..

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