I guess if going to school for 8+ years, doing research, publishing scholarly articles, and teaching is not considered "a real job," I'd like to see what is... Who's worked "a real job"? I'm sure you must be referring to "manual labors" who don't need a thought in their minds to do their jobs.
Does anyone question why doctors, lawyers, engineers make as much as they do? Why is this? Why as a society do we hold teachers to such a low regard when they have way more education and work harder than most people?
Has anyone ever asked a teacher what they do everyday? How much homework they have to grade? How much time goes into lesson planning? How they must attain a Masters degree and sometimes a PhD? And all they get is sh*t on by the public.
Our society is as ignorant as our inability to see the value of education and our educators.
August 25, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.
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I am a grad student at YSU, I am a student worker, and an adjunct faculty member (non-union). I just worked at the university today, and I know first-hand the dynamics of the situation on campus between the faculty and administration.
This article misrepresents the situation at YSU, and makes it seem like this is the faculty's fault. The writer fails to mention the fact that faculty members voted for a PAY CUT and the ADMINISTRATION voted against it! If anyone is to blame for this, it is Cynthia Anderson and the administration of YSU, not the instructors. If anything, the students and faculty members of YSU need the community's support. This is not a display of "greedy" teachers, but instead, it is a display of a corrupt administration and the true colors of the "student-centered" president.
YSU could have dispersed the financial aid to the students. If they would have, without knowing the school start date, they would have had to pay a fine. But, I think that this is a small inconvenience for YSU compared the detriment this is causing some students. ( I can survive for a little while, but some students are in big trouble - no money for rent, utilities, etc.).
Additionally, this article fails to mention the fact that most instructors at YSU are part-time faculty with no union memberships who make very little money ($15,000 or under each year). None-the-less, the money that profs and instructors make are extremely justifiable because of the amount of education and expertise required for the position.
As a grad student, for example, my education will cost $100,000, and for PhDs, it is so much more than that. I'm not complaining, but this just illustrates the salary justification for those who feel that teachers (of any level) are overpaid, despite the fact that this is not about the faculty members getting paid more money.
Despite half-fact articles, such as this one, I hope that the local community can pull together and support its students, teachers, and university (sans administration). Don't believe everything the media spoon-feeds you, and if you want the facts, ask someone who is really there and is living through it.
August 23, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
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