Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Myth #2 "Teachers get 10 weeks paidholiday a year"

The second myth I want to discuss is the idea that teachers get 10 weeks holiday a year.

This one frustrates me I have to admit. I would love to have 10 weeks paid holiday a year.

Overall it's more like the 4 weeks on average that many people have. Why? It's simple.

Teachers can't do everything they need to in a term. Over their 'holidays' they are planning their units, writing assessment, getting report cards written, marking assessment...

And yes, many teachers go to school on the holidays to get their work done.

Just because students aren't on campus doesn't mean that teachers aren't working.

And the stickler...the holidays are at the most expensive time of the year, because it's when students are on holidays. Teachers can't simply go on a trip whenever they want to access the cheap off season times and prices. They have set times that they can have a break. While that might be great for families, with parents off at the same time as their kids, it can be very expensive. The number of students who disappear during a term for a family holiday for two weeks...

So let's get to the facts. Teachers are usually on a salary, when permanent employees. Our 10 weeks 'holiday', paid, is an acknowledgement that we work more than a 25 hour week. It is an acknowledgement of the hours we've put in during the term on top of what we are actually being paid.

The irony is if we were to look at last week's myth - that teachers work a minimum of 27 hours a week outside of 9-3 then in one term of 10 weeks, they make up their holidays. What about the other 30+ weeks.

Don't jump to conclusions about 10 week's paid holiday. There's a lot more to the story, just like there always is.

Again, this isn't a complaint. It's reality. Please have all the information before rushing to a snap judgement that teachers are lazy and all they do is have holidays.

We'll talk about 'lazy teachers' next week.

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