Are the country’s public schools balancing budgets on the backs of their teachers?
As a new school year looms, budget cuts have gotten so bad that about 40,000 public school teachers across the country have joined the online dating site, Seeking Arrangment, taking advantage of some of its “off-the-books” tradeoffs to boost their meager, taxpayer-funded salaries, the website announced in a news release.
With women accounting for 84 percent of the K-12 teachers in the country, many are turning to a site billed as “the #1 online dating website for sugar babies and generous men” in hopes of landing a wealthy partner willing to take care of them, according to The Daily Caller. While the search for “sugar daddies” makes it sound more like an escort service than a dating site, the teachers aren’t afraid to reveal their daytime occupation in the registration process.
(It’s important to note that “teacher” includes ancillary jobs in education, so your daughter’s guidance counselor may also have some unconventional ideas about career advancement you haven’t considered.)
“It’s unfortunate what is happening in the American public school systems,” Seeking Arrangment founder Brandon Wade said in the release.
“Teachers are placed under enormous pressures to mold the young minds of tomorrow, but are expected to do so with less wages than their peers, and by working longer hours,” Wade said. “Then those same teachers are forced to work in underfunded schools, and marginally supplied classrooms.”
It’s heart-rending, really, to think of the price paid by those people molding the young minds of tomorrow — all those safety scissors, crayons, tubes of paste and coloring books that public schoolteachers have to buy for their barren shelves.
They’re almost like 40,000 Anne Hathaways playing Fantine to America’s school children.
The educators – on average between the ages of 28 and 33 — are looking for about $3,000 a month in dating maintenance costs and financial assistance, according to The Daily Caller.
That’s a lot of highlighters for friendly companionship.
Wade, who in a previous, less-enlightened era might have been called a “pimp” rather than a CEO, gets morally indignant at the plight of American education.
“You can’t expect a teacher to accept less pay for more work than their peers, and then reach into their pockets to fund your child’s classroom,” he said in the release. “But that’s what’s happening. If those are the expectations and pressures we are putting on our teachers in America, then they can’t possibly be judged for whatever extracurricular activities they choose to pursue to stay afloat.”
No, Mr. Wade. They “can’t possibly be judged.”
And neither can you.
But the National Education Association will probably book you for its next convention.
Unless you’ve booked them first.