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I was talking with some family members about a relative who happens to be a teacher. There was the usual grousing about the luxurious ten-week summer vacations, Federal holidays and frequent "staff development" days, and a generous retirement plan--although unions were not mentioned.

I pointed out that we office denizens have a fair amount of flexibility in our work days--to get coffee or go to the restroom at will, to waste half an hour here or there on the Web. These are things that someone in charge of a two-dozen-child classroom cannot do at will--at least not without the potential for age-dependent disasters.

Denigrating teachers who got a teaching job right out of college and "never worked in any other field" doesn't make much sense to me, either; one could say the same about virtually any other degreed professional, from doctors and lawyers to engineers and MBAs.

Most professionals begin their careers immediately upon finishing their education, and many of them (technical, legal, and medical in particular) have exam and/or licensing requirements--even for fields such as accounting and real estate.

The charge that the teacher in question has "bought into the mystique" of the profession likewise struck me as odd. Is it not the nature of every group to aggrandize itself to some degree, to take some measure of pride in one's profession?

The real issue, I think, is not to complain that teachers are treated and compensated well--but to ask why the rest of us aren't.

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