Umm. Once, a person from Glynn County wondered why I became a teacher in New Orleans instead of Georgia. She then wondered why I stopped teaching altogether, and followed up with a "I wonder why more young people don't become teachers," and "it sure is hard to keep people in the teaching profession."
I told her that the reason there was a teacher shortage everywhere and why more young people won't teach or have given up teaching is simple: the way it is set up right now, teaching is kind of a shitty job. Teachers work long hours, do extra work outside of the work day, never get to leave their jobs at their jobs, and watch as bumbling administrators, union officials, legislators, contractors and system administrators constantly undermine and undercut them. There are constant threats of litigation. And then pundits tell teachers they are the reason behind America's failing public schools.
Oh yeah? Let me sign up for a little more of that.
On the flipside, I hear a lot about how America's health care system is failing, and how we have less and less young people opting to go into the medical profession. I've always wondered why, but reading this article, the answer struck me. If teaching is a shitty job, you have to be masochistic to go through what is described in that article. Thirty hour shifts? Really? I don't know many people who could pull 30 hour shifts of sleeping effectively, these people are performing surgeries and emergency medicine? No wonder people die in ER's, the staff can't see them through the blurry eyes of sleep deprivation.
Now people are complaining that residents, after 16 hours on the job, may be forced by what pundits will inevitably call "onerous job rules," to go get 5 hours sleep. After 16 hours on the job??!!?? I'm not worried about the cats who came up with the 5 hour sleep rule, but show me the asshat that decided residents should work for 15 hours straight before stitchin' my wounds up, and I'll send his stupid ass to the ER, stat. Blunt. Force. Trauma. Style.
So, I guess that means American Medicine is at roughly the same place as American Public Education: Work long hours, extra work outside the work day, never get to leave their jobs at their jobs, watching as bumbling administrators, HMO & PPO officials, legislators, contractors and system administrators constantly undermine and undercut them. There are constant threats of litigation. And then pundits tell them they are the reason behind America's failing health care system.
But the docotors & the teachers are to blame....