Mandalorian Date Night: When the Haters are Unleashed!
In any job, when someone doesn’t come in, one of two things happens. Either the work they needed to do piles up on them, to double the work when they get back, or the rest of their team has to pick up the slack. Sometimes, a combination of the two happens.
In education, when a teacher is absent, both those things happen as well. Also, as a side effect, the rest of their team suffers. Why?
Substitute teachers are most of the time less useful than hand puppets. They often don’t deliver the lesson left, and very rarely are prepared to manage students. Thusly, a usually calm, interesting crowd of students that you usually call you class, under the “guidance” of a substitute can become almost unrecognizable. This boisterousness often spills over into other classes, so a teacher who did come in to work can suffer the consequences of another not coming in to work.
Everyone gets sick, or has personal tragedies. Understandable. It happens.
However, a subject that Adequacy hasn’t touched on, which is an adult issue in education, is the truly insane number of sick days that teachers get. If you don’t use them, they “roll over”, so it is possible, like myself, to rack up a huge stockpile. That’s pretty ironic, since you get the stockpile by not using them…kind of ensuring that the stock pile itself won’t get used. Hmmm.
As it is, you get ten a year. That’s ten sick days, and only 175 work days, compared to the something like 250 work days of the average American. See where it seems disproportionate? Forget the half days…there are a truly vast number of those built into the contract. Suffice it to say, that if a teacher wants to abuse the system, they rarely have to teach at all.
As for me, I’m getting spoiled. My current Seventh Grade team is pretty good about being present…to the point where an absence is unusual enough to produce the above strip.
Tomorrow…Periodic Assessments Return! More Powerful than ever!