Teachers Work in Malls to Protest

May 2, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. time off (idiom) [tahym] [of] –  a period of time when you are not required to work
Example: I requested for a time off to attend my uncle’s wedding.

2. impact (n.) [im-pakt] – effect or consequence of an action
Example: Tourism has a good impact to the economy.
3. solidarity (n.) [sol-i-dar-i-tee] – being one because of a common goal or interest
Example: The athletes played the game with solidarity.

4. overpaid (adj.) [oh-ver-peyd] – to be paid more for less work
Example: Some politicians who do nothing are overpaid.

Read the text below.

Teachers across the US are taking their work to shopping malls to protest against budget cuts and criticisms about their profession.

A few weeks ago, teachers from Oklahoma made lesson plans and corrected student papers at a mall food court to show people what they do during their time off. While many professionals work over time, teachers do the same without pay.

In Michigan, teachers are protesting against the government’s decision to cut the budget for education pointed out its negative impact on student’s learning.

Meanwhile, teachers from Wisconsin have also brought their work to food courts to show solidarity against state governments who disapprove of teacher’s salary and benefits.

Many Americans today feel that teachers are overpaid; one reason is because they don’t have work during summer.  Even in the news, teachers face harsh criticism that they do not deserve their salary with the amount of work they do.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         In your country, do you think teachers are overpaid?
·         Why do you think teachers in some countries receive a low salary?

Discussion B

·         What do you think are the benefits of making education the top priority?
·         How can the government make education its top priority?

May 2, 2011