So teachers work only 185 days a year. Doesn't Lowell realize that teachers get paid for only 185 days a year? Most teachers need second jobs or a second wage earner in the family in order to exist.
So their hours are fewer? I worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 15 years. I regularly was at my school from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.--not because those hours were required but because they were needed to accomplish the work. I also worked at home almost every evening and most weekends, and calculated that I worked between 48 and 55 hours weekly.
No, I did not pay into Social Security. I did pay into the State Teachers Retirement System. After 15 years, I now am receiving the munificent pension of $650 per month, from which my state and federal income taxes are deducted. I also must now pay for Medicare. I am unaware of any quarterly extras: I have no idea to what Mr. Lowell refers.
Teachers' jobs not as tough? Mr. Lowell should have visited my classroom in one of the better Los Angeles system schools. I never had a visitor who didn't come up to me and say, "I don't know how you do it!" Maybe they were referring to the fact that I regularly had several emotionally disturbed young people in my class.