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    Filed at 5:42 pm under by dcobranchi

    Teachers just don’t realize how good they have it (or how arrogant they can come across).

    On average, employees nationwide pay 16 percent of the premium for individual coverage and 28 percent for family coverage, according to a survey released two weeks ago by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Both the Abington Heights and Old Forge school districts fully pay the premiums for Traditional Blue Cross/Blue Shield and HMOs, and negotiations have stalled.

    In Abington Heights, where teachers have been on strike since Sept. 3, the board wants teachers to contribute to premiums. In Old Forge, where teachers have been on strike since Sept. 9, the board wants teachers to pay the difference between the Traditional plan and a cheaper option. Teachers want to maintain the status quo or have a choice of plans.

    …Marcelle Genovese, president of the Abington Heights Education Association, said the teachers compare their health plans to other teachers because they have the most in common.

    “I would like to compare to someone who has the same experience and education I have,” she said.

    Ms. Genovese is a longtime teacher with a master’s degree plus 72 credits. In the private sector, she said the best comparison would be doctors and lawyers.

    What an ego! Does anyone wonder why the teaching “profession” (and I use that term very loosely) is held in such disregard?

    11 Responses to “UTTERLY CLUELESS”


    Comment by
    Cheryl_O
    September 26th, 2004
    at 8:22 pm

    Still not as funny as Jonathan (ritzy hair salon owner) telling his staff on a reality TV show “We’re so dedicated to our profession- we’re like doctors, you know?!” LOL


    Comment by
    Adrian
    September 27th, 2004
    at 4:52 am

    If teachers held themselves to the same professional standards as doctors do, they’d be treated like doctors. When they demand the same privileges without any of the responsibility, they earn the disrespect they get.


    Comment by
    Adrian
    September 27th, 2004
    at 4:52 am

    If teachers held themselves to the same professional standards as doctors do, they’d be treated like doctors. When they demand the same privileges without any of the responsibility, they earn the disrespect they get.


    Comment by
    Adrian
    September 27th, 2004
    at 4:53 am

    Sorry about the double post.


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    September 27th, 2004
    at 11:04 am

    “I would like to compare to someone who has the same experience and education I have,” she said.

    Okay, I’m sure we can round up some doctors and lawyers that only work 9 months a year somewhere. By the way, what does education level have to do with medical claim rates? I’m sure with all those “credits” you can explain.

    Yeah, and let’s compare insurance rates by age too. You 50+ lifers want that respect too right? We wouldn’t want to be giving you the “same” rates as a 25-year old.


    Comment by
    Independent George
    September 27th, 2004
    at 12:32 pm

    Does this mean they can be sued for malpractice now?


    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 27th, 2004
    at 1:20 pm

    Wow, I guess when I earn my Ph.D. I should expect even higher pay than a doctor or lawyer!

    It doesn’t work that way, and I knew it when I decided what to study and what to do with my life. So did every teacher.


    Comment by
    CED
    September 27th, 2004
    at 3:35 pm

    “I would like to compare to someone who has the same experience and education I have,”

    Sure, testing companies do this. Just compare teaching majors with four years of college behind them to those finishing up four years of math or engineering; perhaps a nice comparison would be GRE scores? Back in the day, the averages for different majors used to bepublished. Math majors were at the very top, followed by physics and education majors were second to the bottom followed only by sociology majors.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 27th, 2004
    at 5:08 pm

    They’re still available, and Ed majors are still near the bottom.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 27th, 2004
    at 5:09 pm

    Sorry- my bad. Those are SAT scores not GRE.


    Comment by
    CED
    September 27th, 2004
    at 6:51 pm

    There’s a shocker. They go into college with weak academic backgrounds and leave college with weak academic backgrounds.