There's been some excitement over at the Center for Teaching Quality boards about a new film project called "The Teacher Salary Project." Of course it's very important to include the voices of teachers in discussions about national, state and local educational policy. Yet the project may actually being doing more to isolate teachers from the general public.
You can check out a clip from the film and decide for yourself. I watched the "Before 9 a.m." clip and was a bit disappointed if not embarrassed.
I don't think teachers are going to build allies with other American workers by suggesting that we work harder than they do. Of course child care is incredibly important and teaching is a noble profession. But to suggest that people who take care of their families and put in a hard days work are less worthy than teachers demeans diversity and democracy. We need all kinds of people to be deeply engaged with their families, communities and society in general.
Heck, I'd love to have time to eat a more relaxed and nutritious breakfast with my family every morning. Good for the real estate broker and the choices he has made.