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Why do we bother?

It's nice to know that your profession is held in such high esteem by the general public. The BBC has a story on the TUC's unpaid overtime survey, and the comments on "lecturers and their thirteen week paid holidays each year" are making me depressed and furious by turns.


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that accusation is levelled more at teachers, as very few people understand what a lecturer does, it's not true that teachers have that much 'paid holiday' either, but i think that'\s always been the general perception.

perhaps a solutions is to properly factor preparation time into term time, and never have 'school' holidays????

That wouldn't work, because the people who are having a go at teachers are assuming that when the students aren't there, the teachers aren't working. So unless you eliminate the long school holidays and make the school day as long as the working day, I don't think this would persuade people how hard teachers are actually working.

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