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Teacher Work Days Deconstructed

Those of us who find Teacher Work Days a relatively recent phenomenon, if not an oxymoronic one, can get a bird’s eye view of what they sometimes consist of from an inside account of an educational conference held late last year. Mary Grabar, who teaches at two colleges in Atlanta, delivered her report on the National Council of Social Studies conference on the website of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy [1].

“There, 3200 teachers were continuing their studies in pedagogy, gaining continuing and graduate credit to bump them into higher salaries,” Grabar wrote. “Most worked for public schools, so taxpayers footed the bill: the $267 registration fee, plus membership dues, travel and lodging, and the hiring of substitute teachers.”

The sessions Grabar attended included:

Grabar has taught at Clayton State University [2], Emory [3] and Georgia Perimeter College [4]. Brown is a “shadow” U. S. senator who collects no salary and casts no vote in the upper chamber because he represents the nation’s capital which does not have the status of a state.

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia [5].