Work continues to be challenging in ways that I wish i could express better while still being all HIPPA over here. Let me just say its super ironic to get threatened “I’m going to come back and shoot you” repeatedly from someone while the events at Sandy Hook are going on. (We’re actually quite safe, I don’t think he will, his hands aren’t super great. And if he does, he’s more likely to come back and shoot days, not nights, she says perhaps flippantly, heh.)
The ambien’s working now, so hopefully this makes sense before I get to bed:
I know I don’t get enough respect at my job — frex, some nights I have to look at penis tattoos for a living — but at least I’m paid well. I think after Sandy Hook the US should look at its paystructures for teachers. When you’re in a theoretical blast zone, there should be some hazard pay and respect, not the continual whittling away of time, funds, support, and being shoved into a “we hate unions, so we hate you” corner. If you expect people to do the right thing and sacrifice their lives — as so many of those women did — they should get the same day-to-day honor as Police, Firefighters, Doctors, and sometimes Nurses. (Arming them is a dickweed’s answer. Don’t be a dickweed.) The system needs to be changed so that teachers have a louder voice, more autonomy, and higher recompense. Even as a childless person I know that what they’re doing is more important than what at least half of the tax-base that’s bitching about their pay does. I’ve never met a single teacher living high on the hog, but I have met a lot of them who go in early, stay late, who shop at thrift stores to stretch a buck out, and who make a difference in their children’s lives. I don’t understand what’s so hard in the math of education leading to opportunities leading to a brighter future for everyone. If childless weirdos like me can seen that, then anyone else that actually has had a kid or knows a kid or lives on the same planet as a kid ought to be able to as well.
Anyhow. Bedtime now, one more shift tomorrow night with Angry Threatener. Yeeeeeehaaaaaw.