I believe that some of these people saying hard work is bad for you is in reality their mind justifying their hatred to work hard and break a sweat in the noon days sun.... To me there is nothing more rewarding then at the end of the day seeing the
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One thing to consider is teachers are essentially entry level jobs in education (although more critical than most entry level jobs). Like any other industry if you move up to management you get paid more. Administration is the equivalent in education.
A friend just became a principal at an elementary school. We are the same age, same years of experience and we are making similar pay. If I had stayed an individual performer and he had stayed a teacher we would have similar pay as well.
Most people who make really good money are senior executives or sales. Superintendents make very good money especially in larger districts and there are sales opportunities in education as well.
I know teachers work after school and over the summer but so do I. Most teachers I know though are home well before me and don't have to get child care for school breaks. It's not a bad gig especially if you love it. I have a ton of respect for all teachers.
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I assume that's you in the Track Hoe or whatever that's called. Working hard? I'd say yes. Expending a lot of physical effort? Not the kind that I was referring to when I said some jobs will shorten your life due to the physicality and the toll it takes.
My Father died when he was 96. He was a farmer his whole life except for time out to kill Germans in France and Belgium in WWII. His entire farming career was during a time when the job involved a fair amount of actual physical labor (FYI, it really doesn't include much of that anymore). I can tell you that he suffered some effects from the job that probably didn't shorten HIS life but they certainly cut down on the quality of life after retirement. I consider him an exception because most of his friends who also farmed died a heck of a lot earlier than he did and suffered from plenty of health problems.
Like I said, there really aren't that many jobs that take a heavy physical toll. The ones that do tend to be paid very well and/or have a very high turnover rate.
The Teacher quoted in the story was wrong because he tried to equate compensation solely to Education required for the job. He was expressing some clear frustration about what he does and how that whole system works. Most Teachers I know work very hard at their jobs and I doubt if most of us posting here would last a DAY in a typical classroom. Somehow, we've morphed into a system where we're willing to pay big bucks for Administration and some of our school systems are so top heavy with Administrators that the finances don't make sense. (hmmm very similar to Higher Ed in ND)