In my opinion there is way too much of this in today’s society. In the opinion of many people teachers get too much money and too many days off. Why should teachers strike for a pay increase? They already earn loads. Arguments about teachers working long days and using holidays to reclaim some of this time fall on deaf ears. We work unpaid overtime too, and don’t get nearly that much holiday. Teachers should work just as hard as we do! Does anyone else see that fault in this argument? This society places too much emphasis on work! We should be working 80 hour weeks for 40 hours pay – otherwise we’re not working hard enough. This is the underlying issue. In my opinion we should all go on strike – or at least everyone should work the hours they are paid for, nothing more. This would improve life immensely.
Do people really want their kids taught by teachers who are overworked and burned out? Do they really want schools to give their children hardly any holiday – just so teachers have to work a more ‘fair’ number of days? Perhaps teachers should spend their holidays doing pointless INSET training, planning lessons and marking books…. oh! That’s what many of them already do.
I’m not stupid, I know that holidays are a perk of the job and they are one of the reasons teaching appeals to me, but I see it like school or university holidays, yes there are no classes, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still some homework to be done.