I blatantly copied this from an email sent to me by my friend, Dominic Torchia who lives in Tuolumne County.  He got it from a friend that shared it with him on Facebook.

And, my youngest daughter teaches at a Jesuit College, Santa Clara University.


Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours).

So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.


That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.

$50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)


Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

* And next time you are out there gathering signatures for unification of Tuolumne County Schools, and someone bitches about the teachers making too much money – show them this number – then show  Tuolumne C’ounty’s top two superintendent’s what we pay per student.  Also, you might remind them that at Sonora High and elsewhere, some classes have 41 students in them – and those are not Phys Ed classes.

It is kind of interesting when you compare teachers wages to babysitters wages. Day care centers make much bigger bucks than teachers per hour. When my own kids paid day care for their kids, it was their second highest payment next to their house payment.

Now, quitcherbitchin and have a heart for the people who choose to make a difference in your kids lives.

(Tax ball parks as a business and send the money to the schools.)


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  1. Elaine McCullough May

    As a retired teacher of 20 plus years, I appreciate your post. There’s a lot of truth in it. Thank you!
    Elaine McCullough May in BC Canada

    • 2gadabout

      When you have four or more kids go through a school system, you appreciate teachers. I don’t forget what they meant to me.

  2. You made an excellent point! So good to see those figures laid out. Teachers are responsible for the education (and, to some degree, level of success, innovation, creative thinking, historical and cultural awareness….) of our next generation and their wages and conditions are often poor – without the public disrespect thrown in. My young cousin just started teaching and I couldn’t be prouder.

    • 2gadabout

      Good for you and your cousin. Add me to that list. We need to invest in education or our competitive edge begins to erode. In California, a state once #1 on education has dropped precipitously. Don’t remember the numbers anymore.

  3. stitchinstein

    wow. My tax bill each year is over $5,500 for the schools. I’d much rather pay $1,661.40 per student if the pay is the same. And I don’t have anyone in school!

    • 2gadabout

      Of course, it was figured tongue in cheek. I’d rather see us get better wages for teachers and have everyone pay a fair price. But, the administrators, the books, the school supplies, etc. lunch programs, counseling, etc..etc. aren’t figured into that. But, we have prisons full of uneducated prisoners. There would be less if we had an across the board draft where kids can mature and round out a bit before heading into the workforce. And, educated kids cost society less in the long run, than uneducated kids. Educated kids give back in more productive ways than uneducated kids. The reasons to have graduates apply for teaching instead of higher paying jobs unrelated to teaching, are almost totally related to low pay. Our ed. system is irregular and in need of an overhall.

      • stitchinstein

        I know. I have many friends who are teachers and they don’t like it when they are told they get paid way too much. Of course the districts around here really do pay their teachers way way more then the national average. We have counselors and gym teachers making $150,000 plus per year. This is mostly due to a quirk in the rules to pad the salaries of the teachers so they can have a bigger pension when they retire. It is a big problem in Illinois and one of the big reasons our state has such financial problems. The other is the fact our State gambled all of the pension money away and therefore the teachers were left with having to come back to the state and raise our income taxes to help cover the pensions. It is a viscous cycle.. So it is not necessarily the teachers but the system of how they are paid that people get upset about….Don’t even get me started on Colleges! LOL!!!

      • 2gadabout

        You are right. In Calif., the governor “borrowed” money from schools/teachers and promised to pay it back and then didn’t/couldn’t. So they have a big issue. College administrators? Yes, here too, out of whack in some cases, underpaid in others. It is all so crazy. You are so right about the SYSTEM FAULTS. Wish some genius would come out of the woodwork and solve it for all.

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