As a New York City school teacher for 27 years, I often struggled to understand why certain political and social constituencies would bash teacher’s on a professional, social, and economic level. A lesser person could develop a severe inferiority complex in my profession. However, I stood firm and continued to focus on my responsibilities.
Then, the explanation I’ve been seeking finally arrived. Irrefutable proof that my low opinion for those who claim to know my job better than I was misplaced. All those years, listening to non-pedagogues tell me how to be a pedagogue were really for my benefit. The ridicule, degradation, and wearing the moniker of 2nd-class professional were all meant to make me a better teacher. I just didn’t accept my inadequacy and accept my condition. In many rehabilitation centers, a patient must admit they have a problem before the healing process can begin. Now, after seeing this mathematical proof, I know the errors of my way. To past New York City mayors and Board of Education chancellors, I send a heartfelt apology for not endorsing your policies and voting against your administration. I take it all back.
Here, now, is the evidence. To my colleagues I say, “Accept the truth. It will set you free”.
Knowledge = Power (Ex: University degrees are required for high level government and corporate positions.)
Time = Money (Ex: Overtime wage rate is 1-1/2 times standard wage rate. Income is reduced for excessive absence or lateness.)
Power = Work/ Time (Physics Law)
Work = Time x Power (extrapolation)
Time = Work/ Power (extrapolation)
Money = Work/ Knowledge (Substitution)
Hence, a higher level of education should result in less money. (Ex: NYC teachers must have at least a master’s degree within 5 years of employment.)
Expressed differently, by decreasing teacher income, subject knowledge and skill will improve and student test scores should reflect and parallel the gains.
There you have it. Many thanks to the unknown individual who brought this proof to my attention. Being a teacher, I don’t have the initiative, nor creativity to have developed this myself.
DISCLAIMER: This was an attempt by Mr.V to express disappointment with the evolution of his profession within New York City and the nation over the last quarter-century. No one should accept this post as anything other than sarcasm, wrapped in frustration.