Aloha Friday Message – February 2, 2007:Part 1 of 4

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02/02/07 Parts 1 & 2 of a 4-part series

Recognition: When I recognize that I am a sinner, I become aware that I can commit and have committed sin. I acknowledge in some definite way that I have made a choice to willingly and knowingly perform an act that is contrary to God’s law. Once I recognize my sin I can choose to ignore it or to renounce it. If I acknowledge that I am a sinner who has sinned, I can also describe the evidence and effect of my sin.

Remorse: When I consider God’s goodness to me and contrast that with my failure to respond accordingly, I can choose to ignore my sense of guilt or I can choose to acknowledge the grief I feel for my past wrongs. When this remorse is sincere and effective, I feel genuine sorrow for my shortcomings; I feel contrite and am humbled by my weakness.
============= Again, look at Psalm 38

Here’s something about teachers that Crucita forwarded to me.

Teachers are Overpaid!

I, for one, am sick and tired of those high paid teachers. Their hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work – what?? – nine or ten months a year!

It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do: baby-sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That’s right … I would give them $3.00 dollars an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 am to 3:00 pm with 45 min off for lunch; that’s 6.5 hours per day).*

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now, how many do they teach in a day … maybe 30?

So that’s 19.5 X 30 = $585.00 a day. But remember they only work 180 days a year! I’m not going to pay them for any vacations. Let’s see … that’s 585 x 180 = $ 105,300.00 (Hold on! My calculator must need batteries!)

What about those special teachers or the ones with master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage just to be fair and round it off to $7.00 an hour. That would be $7 times 6.5 hours times 30 children times 180 days = $ 245,700.00 per year.

Wait a minute, there is something wrong here!!! There sure is!!! Duh????!!!! Make a teacher smile – send this to him or her!

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Teaching is one of the most fundamentally necessary functions in every human culture. It is a sad commentary on American social values that teachers are paid less than what we pay a teeny-bopper to stay at our house and simply watch our kids. Remember that teachers don’t just sit in the room with our children and watch TV with them. They actually spend hours outside the classroom preparing to teach children how to become adults, and then spend their day confronting apathy, belligerence, and frequent abuse by students, their parents, and by the education system itself. They are so burdened and distracted with administrative BS imposed by “No Child Left Behind” that they have less and less time to actually teach children who are more and more disinclined to learn.

Regrettably what many, many teachers now see in their classrooms are increasingly larger numbers of children who would rather sit in a room and watch TV. Given the opportunity to learn or to be entertained, they would eschew learning in favor of new ring-tones, violent fantasy worlds, or life-threatening drugs. Were it only a matter of being paid, common sense would say it’s more profitable to be a babysitter than it is to be a teacher. Teachers, though, touch lives in ways that babysitters never can. Sometime this week, then, get in touch with a teacher == for your kids or your grandkids, a friend, a neighbor, or just a teacher you’ve never even met == and give them a big thank you.

*PS: When was the last time anyone could get a babysitter for three bucks an hour!?!?!

 Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service!
Make it a great day, Beloved.
chick

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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