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When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education

sinner6 Re:Teaching is not a good way to pull down a paych (1589 comments)

The pay really sucks. Frankly you'd probably be better off managing a fast food restaurant.

If you put up with the crappy pay and the stifling bureaucracy, then you're probably not doing it for your own selfish purposes, but rather because you feel that it's the right thing to do. Which means that you are genuinely interested in teaching people.

How much can you earn managing a fast food restaurant? Is it more then 40k a year? A teachers pay puts them in the top 50% of wage earners. Not great money but the pay DOES NOT SUCK. And the bureaucracy tends to drive out people with options, talents, youth, and abilities. People interested in teaching will eventually be driven out like everyone else unless they have no better options.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-06-25-teacher-salary-raise_x.htm http://www.payscale.com/research/US/All_K-12_Teachers/Salary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_income_in_the_United_States

more than 5 years ago
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When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education

sinner6 Re:Oh dear god (1589 comments)

The trouble is, teachers are paid extremely poorly (that's why we have so many bad ones)

Bullshit. The years of teachers being underpaid are long gone. Their pay puts them in the top 50% of wage earners. Not amazing pay but to call their better then average pay "extremely poor" is just plain wrong

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-06-25-teacher-salary-raise_x.htm http://www.payscale.com/research/US/All_K-12_Teachers/Salary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_income_in_the_United_States

The rest of what you said may have some validity but your understanding of teacher incomes is just plain wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

sinner6 Re:Hmmm... (727 comments)

But personally, I'd rather see introductory programming courses taught in Python or Scheme. Those languages are small enough that students can focus on program design without being encumbered by syntax and semantics.

Isn't that like teaching kids to read for meaning in works like Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick, ... before teaching them the simple grammer of first grade english class?

more than 5 years ago

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