Anymore, it’s monstrously difficult for sensible and rational people to live a normal and content life without some deranged, miserably uninformed right-wing republican crapping on the path to progress. Whether it’s those pesky gays wanting to be happy or adults wanting to get high, the nefarious trolls of the inane clown posse holding claim to religious authority simply will not allow you to be happy and content.
According to Republican Alabama state Senator, Shadrack McGill , the bible states that rasing teachers salaries will only lead to unqualified teachers. The Gospel according to Chris Christie, perhaps?
Evidently God not only doesn’t want Barack Obama to be president or homosexuals to be eligible to fight commerce wars for the Military-Industrial-Complex, but feels that aspiring teachers only enter the profession on the account of all the bling that comes with the thankless and castigated profession.
“It’s a Biblical principle. If you double a teacher’s pay scale, you’ll attract people who aren’t called to teach,” said McGill
I cannot officially weigh in on the biblical principle since America is supposed to be a secular society, but it’s safe to assume that when it comes to the Alabama legislature, the Peter Principle comes to mind.
“To go in and raise someone’s child for eight hours a day, or many people’s children for eight hours a day, requires a calling. It better be a calling in your life. I know I wouldn’t want to do it, OK? And these teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It’s just in them to do. It’s the ability that God give ‘em. And there are also some teachers, it wouldn’t matter how much you would pay them, they would still perform to the same capacity. If you don’t keep that in balance, you’re going to attract people who are not called, who don’t need to be teaching our children. So, everything has a balance,” said McGill
While it’s hard to dispute such a flawless and reasoned argument, I’ll have to throw caution to the wind and say that McGill is categorically wrong. The amount of undue and unjustified rancor towards educators, devoted and passionate thinking people who willingly take mediocre salaries and deal with your sexting, ADHD, pain-pill distributing brats 8 hours a day in exchange for a generous pension, is insufferable and must stop. While I agree with the notion that everyone should make sacrifices during the prolonged economic recession, but I do not recall a first year teacher causing the financial system to collapse. Teacher pay, particularly merit pay, is certainly a debatable issue. However, once you start using the bible as a point of reference, you abandon all credibility as a human being. Curiously enough, McGill found absolutely no biblical grounds on which to not authorize a 67 percent pay increase for legislators in 2007, which increased annual salaries for the part-time legislators from $30,710 to $49,500.
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