I totally have that song Breakout in my head by Swing Out Sister. I've been singing it around the house. In the Gilford House, my wonderful husband is working on a virtual conference for the C-Suite of Silicon Valley Women Leaders. I am so proud of him. When he was talking about virtual breakouts, the song floated like a cloud into my head and out yelping from my pipes...Breakout...da da daah da.
Around dinner time last night I asked my hubs about the questions I posed, "Are teachers blue-collar?" He said some interesting things. He is no doubt the smartest person I know. I hope one day that he'll get on Jeopardy to help me pay some of my student loans back. I have even sent him the Jeopardy quiz to get on the show, ah many times.
So the vegan Sheppard's pie is in the oven and we chit-chat before he plays in World of Warships game. They've got submarines now, you know. Are teachers blue-collar? His answer, "Well, that depends on Geography." Hmmm. Tell me more. He said that it depends upon where you teach and whether you are at a public or a private school. He also brought up pay scale. Then he went on the play his awesome "Ships" after a long day or early rising for a show with keynotes from the East Coast.
The Sheppard's pie turned out good. It is better on the second evening because all the flavors mix. I made it with Beyond Meat Plant-based meat. The juices were flowing in my brain too. I thought about what he said. Geography, geography, geography. Yes, that is so true! Pay scale, yep, that too. When I started teaching, I earned my Master's degree in education. While in grad school, I was subbing during the day and working at Macys. Additionally, I was a hostess at a restaurant. That was great because you got a free meal every shift. My first year teaching with my Master's degree in hand I was making $23,000 a year teaching Varying Exceptionalities (Self-contained Special Education). Then I took classes with some of my fellow teachers a nights, summers, and sometimes weekends towards our Specialists (Ed.S) degree. I am thankful I had such a fun cohort of teachers. Then I tried to get my PhD, I was in a doc program, but needed to reset. I am a cancer survivor.
Okay now, back to geography. Does it matter where you teach? Are teachers thought of differently? Do teachers in different geographical areas have more of a say? What about teachers in other countries? I think about Micheal Moore's film. Hey, Mr. Micheal Moore, will you make us teachers another film about teaching during the Coronavirus Pandemic Pretty Pleaaase? I think about his film Where to Invade Next? and the schools he show us. Are teachers considered blue-collar in Finland? I don't think so, but I've never been there or taught there. Hmmm.
Additionally, as one of my pandemic hobbies I have been researching teacher memes. I think a lot of us are afraid to really speak our minds. Or at least we were before the Pandemic. Sometimes it is just learned helplessness with us teachers, after not having s say we so long we shut ourselves up. Memes are a way that we can say what we want to say without getting into trouble, so to speak. Do you know each year that PK-12 teachers have to sign an Acceptable User Policy (AUP) that we will not post anything antipatriotic online?
Memes the word --- yaaaassss!! There are especially good memes where teachers can nervously chuckle in the midst of the pandemic. And so I sing...
When every answer's wrong
You're fighting with lost confidence
All expectations gone
Move on, don't hesitate
And now you've found a break to make at last
You've got to find a way
Say what you want to say
Tomorrow looks unsure
Don't leave your destiny to chance
What are you waiting for
The time has come to make your break