I write about anything that interests me. Now that I am retired, I am writing much less about education and gifted issues. It isn't that I don't care about them, but my contributions are increasingly out of date. Some of my posts I think are still way too relevant (e.g., Teachers Can't Do It All), but most new posts will not be on those topics.
Note: Anonymous comments must be on topic. 27May2014
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Substitute Teaching or Working at Walmart?
With Walmart workers now making $10 an hour, will school districts need to raise substitute teachers' pay?
Walmart: $10/hour * 8 hours/day = $80/day.
Sub pay: $95/day with no benefits and no guarantee of work and a maximum of 180 working days.
Advantages of working at Walmart:
1) steady work
2) regular workplace
3) some benefits
Disadvantages of working at Walmart:
1) physically difficult - on feet most of the day
2) not especially intellectually challenging
3) benefits are still minimal
Advantages of working as a Substitute Teacher:
1) interesting work
2) can choose to take days off
Disadvantages of working as a Substitute Teacher:
1) anonymity - "Who are you today?"
2) no benefits
3) even if you work every single day, there is no way to earn even poverty level wages. $100/day * (max) 180 days/school year = (max) $18,000 per school year. And just try finding a part time job for the days when there is no school.
Disclaimer: I am sure there are many more things to say about each job. Many more.