By newly elected DTA president: Glenn Farrell
If teachers had the summer off:
- They would get out on June 20th and not report back until September 22nd. (Finally 3 months off!!- Did this actually used to happen when I was a kid, or do I misremember?)
- So much for 180 days, or sorry 184.
- Glenn Farrell, a 2007 graduate of Boston College with a dual degree in Elementary Education & Mathematics/ Computer Science and a 2012 graduate of Salem State University with a Masters of Arts of Teaching Middle School Mathematics, who has now been teaching for 9 years (Danvers for 8, Brockton for 1) would have way too much time with his wife (a third grade teacher) and two daughters (4 & 2) that he would probably win father of the year, go on a talk show tour, write a book, become wealthy and never teach again.
- He would also perfect his lawn care and be on the cover of several magazines, as well as hosting his own show on HGTV.
- Most teachers would probably find more lucrative paying jobs with all that time off and also never need to teach again.
- Or they would acquire so many legitimate university credits that the town of Danvers would never be able to afford them.
- The students of Danvers would get into increasingly more trouble with all of that free time on their hands that the town would have to increase the hours for its police force, again costing the town dearly.
- Our union would have way too much time to organize and sophisticate our negotiating tactics for future contracts that it almost wouldn’t be fair to have the school committee even take part.
- For an individual to become strong, one must exercise, so is this true for a group. As all of our teachers become more fit with all of the extra time off, so too would our union, with all of the group organization we’d be able to accomplish and all of the planned exercises, showing our strength.
Get ready for this – we collectively (I’ll admit for me, personally as well) need to work out – be ready to get involved – WE NEED YOU!