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I recently began a post-retirement career as a substitute teacher. I did this partly because I have been married to a schoolteacher for 32 years and felt I needed to see what a typical day in a public school was like.
I filled in for a fourth-grade teacher with a class of 28 kids. After only one day on the job, I was the one in the classroom who was educated the most.
During my career with a local arson and bomb squad unit, I found myself in some pretty stressful situations, but nothing compares to the stress teachers must face each day. There are a lot of pretty good kids out there who want to learn, but they get held back by a few bad apples.
I am now absolutely convinced that teachers are underpaid, underappreciated and overworked! My hat goes off to all of you. And, yes, I will take more time to listen to my wife when she comes home after a day in the classroom.
Many of our underappreciated legislators would benefit greatly by spending one day in the shoes of a Utah educator.