Magnus on Mon, 7 Jul 2003 15:02:05 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Tech jobs and politics, and IT diploma mills

On Monday, July 7, 2003, at 01:54 PM, Craig Brennan wrote:

- How many fights per day are broken up by the average IT worker?

I was going to answer that, but my place of employment is probably not the norm.

- Stand in front of a group of your coworkers and be interesting for 7 out
of your 8 hour work shift.

OK but what does this have to do with public school teachers? Granted, there are a few exceptions, but they are just that.

- Cut your lunch hour down to 40 minutes max (most of the time it's a half
hour) - now take about half of those lunch hours and spend it photocopying

OK but what does this have to do with public school teachers? I graduated about 12 years ago, and from what I remember back then a teacher that had eight 40-ish minute periods per day plus a homeroom of about 20 minutes in the morning got one lunch period and usually two or three periods without classes to prepare for upcoming classes or grade projects from previous classes. They would also stay about 45 minutes to an hour after school (the better ones would, anyway) to be available to give students extra help if they needed it. Often, the students didn't take the teachers up on this offer and they ended up having that time to grade papers and prepare for the next day.

Furthermore, copies were made by the copy room staff. Sheets for copying were submitted ahead of time and delivered to the teacher's desk in time for the planned lessons or tests. Any teachers that made their own copies were working inefficiently.

Not all schools are the same, YMMV, and this was in the late 80's through 1991. Dunno how things have changed since then.

- Take approximately 1/4th of your salary and spend it on the materials
you need to do your job. What? You mean your company gives you what you
need to do it? Lucky you.

This message comes to you from my personal TiBook because my desktop machine given to me by $EMPLOYER is now the development team's PostgreSQL server. The desktop machine that is on my desk was picked from the trash and ended up being a sandbox machine so I don't have to break production servers for R&D work.

- After you go home, you get to grade your co-workers work until 9 or

Have you ever heard of a duty pager or duty cell phone? The less your company spends on vital infrastructure, the more you are awake during the wee hours. There is nothing like having the phone ring at 2:30 in the morning and have Bob tell you to make the 45+ minute drive into work to deal with the alarming disk array.


C. Magnus Hedemark
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