If you want to compare "importance" as a scale of pay then garbage men should be the highest on the pay scale and hockey players should be near the bottom.
Right, but there is no difference in the quality of work of a garbage man. It's a binary function, garbage is either a) picked up or b ) not picked up.
With hockey players it's all about the quality of work and that's why me and you aren't getting payed minimum wage to play.
Which goes back to my original point that the quality of work of teachers absolutely matters.
Look, by defending the teachers in the public discourse, I've really gotten away from my actual view on the negotiation impasse.
I don't think that teachers need a big raise. In fact, if they just give them a 2% yearly raise, it would suffice.
I have an issue in the worsening classroom composition and how government is trying to put more and more on public teacher's plates. They have continually cut resources away over the last 10 years (I heard a figure that the education funding went from %25 of the budget to %16 currently)
On the flipside, you have private schools that are getting funding from the Province and that's what irks me. If everybody drives a Civic, why are we supplementing some to drive a Lexus.
Edited by VancouverHabitant, 01 March 2012 - 06:00 PM.