First, anyone who believes teachers have it easy because they have the summers off is completely and totally WRONG. Sure, they're not working 9-5 every single day but to say that they don't do any work over the summer is just plain false.
So, thank you to all of the teachers who put their own personal time into preparing to teach stupid kids who don't appreciate any of it.
Thank you for sacrificing time with your families to educate young minds.
Thank you for spending your own money to gather the materials necessary to teach since funding continues to get cut.
Thank you for taking your own time to decorate rooms rather than sticking us in white cinderblock cubes for eight hours a day.
My dad is a teacher and two weeks of his summer was spent away from his family attending conferences about the course he teaches and grading AP exams. He has to rewrite his entire curriculum BEFORE the school year starts. Do you think someone just does all this planning for the teachers? No, they do it themselves- without extra pay!
Thank you to all the teachers who "had off" this summer. Thank you for working so hard all year-long despite the under-funding and the underappreciation. And thank you to the families who lose time with their teacher-parent/spouse.
Think twice before assuming teachers have it easy for "only" working nine months a year. Plus, they put up with those bratty kids during all that time, they deserve to take a long vacation before getting back to work!