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Cynicism++; - Paint It Black
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Cynicism++;
Here's a thought that'll undoubtedly keep me up tonight....

This guy has just been signed to a two year, $7.5 million dollar contract to be the pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

Think about that, people. $7.5 million dollars over two years to throw a ball over a plate. For a game. Meanwhile during the mid 1990s my hometown's school system was in a budget crisis so severe they couldn't afford paper for the photocopier so all classwork had to be done not off worksheets, but on our own paper while staring at a transparency that was projected onto the wall.

A quick bit of research for more current figures shows that the lowest salary in 2001-2002 for a public school teacher in Illinois is $24,616.

$7.5 million over two years to throw a baseball. $24,616 per year to educate our children.

Can anybody else say society has some skewed motherfucking priorities?

Sure, I knew ya could.

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Current Music: Don Williams - It Must Be Love

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frostyw From: frostyw Date: October 1st, 2003 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

A-fucking-men!
tuftears From: tuftears Date: October 1st, 2003 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly, school needs to be made a spectator sport. The next generation of reality shows will be played out on the campuses! There can only be one A!
feren From: feren Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
[ The next generation of reality shows will be played out on the campuses! There can only be one A!]

Is that sort of like Highlander, where "There can be only one?"
tuftears From: tuftears Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, picture the formerly 4.0-straight-A-types frothing at the mouth in an attempt to get the one and only A awarded from the class/show.
feren From: feren Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Swords. Somehow this show needs to involve swords.
feren From: feren Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Swords. Somehow this show needs to involve swords.
tuftears From: tuftears Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fencing club competition would be cut-throat!
yakko From: yakko Date: October 1st, 2003 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Americans seem to value entertainment highly. This is why your sports figures and actors are waaaaaay overpaid and education goes to shit.

That education seems to be getting its budget slashed in the interest of representatives' pet programs isn't helping, either.
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feren From: feren Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Irriated...

What's amazing is the huge range in salaries. If you teach in one place in Illinois, the salary is $24,000 as I mentioned. Yet if you teach for a few years at another school district it can be as high as $87,000! That's more than I make!

How the hell can there be this much disparity? It's completely insane!
lcremeans From: lcremeans Date: October 1st, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not only that, but a lot of the time, the people building the stadiums that seem to be necessary to attract these teams ask for public money to do so, and quite a bit of it. Can you say "pork"?

-lee
feren From: feren Date: October 2nd, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Not only that, but a lot of the time, the people building the stadiums that seem to be necessary to attract these teams ask for public money to do so, and quite a bit of it]

Yeah, that really pisses me off. I've seen Minneapolis do it with the Target Center, I've watched a suburb do it with that godawful "Mall of America." I've watched Chicago do it with the new Soldier Field... it maddens me to no end that they get tax breaks and then get the local government to actually give them taxpayer's money!

It's like when Chicago was courting Boeing... they offered them such immense tax incentives to move to Chicago that we'll essentially never see a dime from that company for the next decade!
kinkyturtle From: kinkyturtle Date: October 1st, 2003 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is one of the reasons I've decided to stop apologizing for saying I hate sports, rather than merely saying I have no interest in sports or whatever.
tarinfirepelt From: tarinfirepelt Date: October 3rd, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you mean? I drove by a high school today with a ton of money going into it. They were, of course building one of the biggest Football stadiums I have ever seen. =)

Of course the rest of the school. There were only about 12 of those classroom trailers. Money has the right priority you know.
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