Re: The Children's Politics, Education and Costs Thread
Schools should not be arranging parent/teacher meetings in the middle of a working day- its shows a blistering ignorance of the conditions under which parents are working in which to make all these payments.
I notice Baron there compared teachers to GPs- how does one equate a primary school teacher with a trained and qualified medical doctor?
Ireland is aswarm with teachers. Many are well secure in their positions and earning a lot of money in a profession which has managed to pass off the costs of elective continuing profession development onto the taxpayer with 23 'Education Centres' built, staffed and paid for by the Dept of Education around the country- more than a few with Directors on over 100,000 euros per annum.
Some newly qualified teachers cannot get a job or at best can only get part-time hours or 'supply' jobs- I understand that and sympathise.
But the one thing I do know is that the teaching profession in terms of people who joined prior to roughly 2000/2001 is massively overindulged- from the extraordinary series of perks in terms of paid time off, leaves of absence, conference junkets, expenses and a union leadership so blissfully cossetted that one of the union spokespeople some months back had the audacity to claim on national radio that teachers were 'the creme de la creme of Irish society'. Thats how arrogant at least some of them have become and I made the point at the time that the most overrpresented profession in successive Dail's have been teachers with their jobs held open for them and bedblocking roles in schools up and down the country while they make a tilt at an even more rewarding pension.
We often hear of the selfless devotion that many teachers give in hours outside school but little is ever said about the perks they get and ability to earn additional monies- it isn't right to portray all teachers like that as I know the young ones are stratified into difficult circumstances but there is undoubtedly a very large coterie of very comfortably off, unchallenged middle aged teachers in Ireland who have it bloody easy.
I saw a message on an Irish forum about two years ago not long after I'd taken a look at professions represented in the Dail - it was a chap I think who said 'How does one get into politics? I've been a teacher for 15 years so I know what's what.' It was in a sense correct- he could stand up in front of a group of people and communicate information. Thats what he was referring to I am sure.
I swear to you that was the way it was put. The guy was on a forum clueless about the various ways of entering politics and at the same time because he was a teacher felt he had all the qualifications anyway.
Unreal. There is a sense of entitlement off middle to senior level teachers in Ireland which they've had from somewhere unknown and I would say there is very little actual reasoning behind it.
Apologies to those young teachers doing their best early in in their teaching careers but I think you'll know the Hanafin types I'm describing.
Think National. Act Local. Oh- and superstition is just the dark matter of human history.