Sunday, August 27, 2006

And we're home...

We got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon and got a call from the doctor last night confirming what they had suspected - that Kale's meningitis was from a common virus that would take its course and get out of his system without any damage. Kale is continuing to eat well (he's already over 11 lbs.), and we are all extremely glad to be home. Kade went with me to church this morning at Pflugerville, and he was glad to get out of the house for a while. We are now praying that we have some time to adjust to three at home before we move to Round Rock in October. Thanks again to everyone for helping us get through the last week - your love and encouragement were tremendous.

By the way - did you see the article in the Austin paper today that says that high school football coaches around the state make an average of $31,000 more a year than equally tenured and qualified teachers? As both of my parents are educators, I've heard my fair share of speeches on this throughout the years - you have any thoughts on this?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

yes I can explain this....in Texas, we value a good football team more than a quality education...dad

Brent said...

It isn't that we value a good football team more than a quality education...and I come from a LONG LINE of educators. None of them coaches.

One factor is the extra hours a head football coach puts in (including summers) moreso than say, an algebra teacher.

Another is that football generates revenue. People pay $8 in my area to see a game...if 10,000 people go (and most of the time that's the size of the crowd), well, do the math. Bear Bryant once said that when he gives an exam, 80,000 people pay $25 apiece to watch him proctor it. An English teacher has 30 folks sitting in the room with no paying spectators. It's reality.

Another factor is how much is pressure worth? There's a reality in my community that if the football team doesn't make the playoffs for three or four years then it's entirely possible he might lose his job in year 5. The day-in, day-out pressure affects him, his staff, not to mention his family. A Chemistry teacher doesn't have that pressure.

Maybe a better salary comparison would be to compare the head football coach (and how many years did the head coach wallow in $250 a month stipends as the defensive backs coach in Sachse?--another point) to the band director or drama teacher who puts in equivalent hours (even if the "pressure" isn't as measureable).

So, to me, the question isn't whether the football coach is being paid what he's worth, it's how come the other teachers aren't paid what THEY'RE worth. But I wouldn't begrudge a football coach who has paid his dues, risen to the top, weathers the pressures, the salary he's worth, either.

Keith Ferguson said...

In Ennis, the city that pays their high school football coach $106,000 a year to coach football, a teacher who earns a Ph.D. in his/her field and works in the district has the opportunity to go from a starting salary of $40,000 a year in their first year all the way to $55,000 a year in their 30th year. So, whatever you think about the value of high school football coaches (and they are under a tremendous amount of pressure), you have to find it a little weird that the longest tenured, best educated teacher at Ennis high school will make about half of what the head football coach makes. Makes you wonder...

Brent said...

Again, I'm on board with the coach making $106,000 for all the reasons I mentioned.

It doesn't make me wonder about the Ph.D'd teacher, it makes me sad that they're not getting $106,000 also.

I just don't begrudge the football coach getting what he's worked for. And, there are an awful lot of football coaches that aren't the head coach who are making less than the Ph.D'd teacher, too.

Keith Ferguson said...

I'm with you - I'm not hating on the football coach for making what he deserves...I'm just doubting the administrative system that pays teachers so much less. Thanks for your thoughts...