The "wonderful" teaching conditions in Chicago my friend left the system and is now working as the director of a private school for the grand rate of $14 an hour. She leaves her home at 7 in the morning and arrives home at 7 in the evening. Although her paycheck provides her with a luxurious life style, she moonlights nights in a bar and weekends in a department store. (The department store pays more than her teaching job.) She will probably have to go back to the public system, but dreads this. In the past, she had to moonlight to pay an aide to help out in her kindergarten class of 43.
Everyone thinks teachers have great incomes. My friend worked three jobs to put her son through school because she knew he would not survive in the public system. What a crime!
I am so grateful for all the wonderful friends I have made and met through blogging, bloggers in New York, in other parts of the country and even Canada. My world has been enriched by these individuals and I am so thankful the Internet has given me this wonderful opportunity.