You know those filler stories about stuff no one cares about you find on your internet home page?
Here is one about low paying/high stress jobs:
They claim this study names the top five high stress-low pay jobs.
I happen to know the lowest paying, impossibly high stress job on Planet Earth. I know this is the lowest paying high stress job because I hear it over and over every year.
It is…, drum roll please, public school teacher!
Not only do public school teachers work 24/7, 365 days a year for almost nothing, they also buy all the school supplies out of their own pockets (while the children are eating lunch in 5 minutes off a lap tray in the stairwell starting at 9 am.)
And theses same public school teachers, after working all day, paying for the school supplies and janitor’s supplies, work in converted closets in schools full of moldy air and asbestos. Don’t forget they have no health care to speak of either. (Well wouldn’t they be uninsurable because of all the stress anyway?)
I know this is all true because that is what their supporters repeat over and over at school district meetings and in the local weekly papers, which by the way, depend mostly on school and town advertising to stay afloat.
Why anyone can possibly retire from a public school teacher job is beyond me. The stress would kill a normal person.
Just when they have used up the last bit of sanity they have left, public school teachers have to trot on down to the school district meeting, in mass, and vote on their own pay, bonds for new buildings, soccer fields, assistants for assistants, and continuing education trips to such awful places like Hawaii. (See Raymond, NH.)
So we are once again, as 2012 comes upon us, ready to vote on another couple billion in education spending here in New Hampshire. It is our annual chance to reclaim as much of that high pay-low stress income the rest of greedily stored away for our own ungrateful use and give it to those most in need.
Since student populations have been declining rapidly since about 2000, teachers are under more stress than ever.