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Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers
The bestselling call to action for improving the working lives of public school teachers—and improving our classrooms along the way.86% (14)
Since its initial publication and multiple reprints in hardcover in 2005, Teachers Have It Easy has attracted the attention of teachers nationwide, appearing on the New York Times extended bestseller list, C-SPAN, and NPR's Marketplace, in addition to receiving strong reviews nationwide. Now available for the first time in paperback, this groundbreaking book examines how bad policy makes teachers' lives miserable.
Many teachers today must work two or more jobs to survive; they cannot afford to buy homes or raise families. Interweaving teachers' voices from across the country with hard-hitting facts and figures, this book is a clear-eyed view of the harsh realities of public school teaching, without chicken-soup-for-the-soul success stories.
With a look at the problems of recruitment and retention, the myths of short workdays and endless summer vacations, the realities of the work week, and shocking examples of how society views America's teachers, Teachers Have It Easy explores the best ways to improve public education and transform our schools.
Dutch postcard by ?t Sticht, Utrecht, nr. 3085. Photo R.K.O. Radio Films. British Academy Award-winning actor David Niven (1910-1983) impersonated the archetypal English gentleman, witty, naturally charming, immaculate in dress and behaviour, but he also had a dash of light-hearted sexual roguishness. He is probably best known for his role as the punctuality-obsessed adventurer Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). James David Graham Niven was born in London, England. He was the son of William Edward Graham Niven and the French/British Henrietta Julia de Gacher. He was named David for his birth on St. David's Day. His father was killed during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 and his mother remarried a politician, Sir Thomas Comyn-Platt. David was shipped off to a succession of boarding schools by his stepfather, who didn't care much for the boy. Young Niven hated the experience and was a poor student. He trained at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, which gave him the officer and gentleman bearing that was to be his trademark. Niven relocated to New York, where he began an unsuccessful career in whisky sales and horse rodeo promotion in Atlantic City. After subsequent detours to Bermuda and Cuba, he finally arrived in Hollywood. His first work was as an extra. He then found himself an agent, Bill Hawks, and was signed up for a non-speaking part in Mutiny On The Bounty (1935, Frank Lloyd). He accepted a contract with independent film producer Samuel Goldwyn. After several secondary roles for Goldwyn, he was loaned out for a lead role as Bertie Wooster in the 20th Century Fox feature Thank You, Jeeves (1936, Arthur Greville Collins). Niven joined what became known as the Hollywood Raj, a group of British actors in Hollywood. Other members of the group included Boris Karloff, Stan Laurel, Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman and C. Aubrey Smith. One of his first major roles was in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936, Michael Curtiz) starring Errol Flynn, with whom he briefly lived. A year later he starred as Capt. Fritz von Tarlenheim in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937, John Cromwell, William S.Van Dyke). Not wanting to be typecast as a 'swashbuckler' as Flynn had been, Niven made films such as the comedies Dinner at the Ritz (1937, Harold Schuster) which was filmed in London, and Bachelor Mother (1939, Garson Kanin) with Ginger Rogers. Niven’s first major success was The Dawn Patrol (1938, Edmund Goudling) with Errol Flynn. He also appeared in the very successful Wuthering Heights (1939, William Wyler) starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier. After suspension by Samuel Goldwyn over a salary dispute, David was back to star in the western The Real Glory (1939, Henry Hathaway) with Gary Cooper, and as a gentleman thief in Raffles (1940, Sam Wood, William Wyler), a remake of the Ronald Colman original. After the United Kingdom declared war in 1939, David Niven returned to England and joined the British Army. Niven would take part in the Normandy landings, arriving several days after D-Day. He was given leave to appear in the propaganda films The First of the Few (1942, Leslie Howard) and The Way Ahead (1944, Carol Reed). On his discharge as a colonel he played the poet-airman caught between life and death in A Matter of Life and Death (1946, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger), one of his most effective roles. On his return to Hollywood after the war, he was made a Legionnaire of the Legion of Merit, the highest American order that can be earned by a foreigner. Niven found that he still wasn't getting any important roles; despite ten years experience, he was considered too "lightweight" to be a major name. His films included The Perfect Marriage (1946, Lewis Allen) with Loretta Young, Magnificent Doll (1946, Frank Borzage) opposite Ginger Rogers, and The Bishop's Wife (1947, Henry Koster) with Cary Grant. After his Goldwyn contract ended in 1949, Niven marked time with inconsequential movies including the British production The Elusive Pimpernel (1950, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger) . In 1952 he joined Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, and Ida Lupino to form Four Star, a television production company. Niven was finally able to choose strong dramatic roles for himself, becoming one of tv's first and most prolific stars, although his public still preferred him as a light comedian. The actor's film career also took an upswing in the 1950’s with starring performances in the controversial The Moon Is Blue (1953, Otto Preminger) - a harmless concoction which was denied a Production Code seal because the word "virgin" was bandied about; and the mammoth Around the World in 80 Days (1956, Michael Anderson), in which Niven played his most famous role, erudite 19th century globetrotter Phileas Fogg. He won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the fraudulent major in Separate Tables (1958, Delbert Mann), in which he co-starred with Deborah Kerr and Rita HayworthTreasured Khampa Tibetan costume and ornaments (1 of 2)
Tibetan lady modelling an a super expensive and heavy ceremonial replete with rare gold ornaments and coral beads. Photo from the King Gesar Arts Festival / Khampa arts festival in the Kham region of Tibet in 2004. Adorned head to toe with museum quality ornaments, this lady was a member of a specially arranged exhibition featuring costumes thoroughly dripping with of exceptional quality treasure. ===================================================== Ornaments make up most of the life savings of many Khampa families, and so play an important role in Tibetan families' lives as well as in announcing the social status of the wearers. They are saved up for over many years and handed down for centuries from generation to generation within families. Until very recently, these families were nomadic and have to move every few months because of the snowy seasons in the Himalayas, so Khampas have always needed to store their wealth in portable form. So being unable to store wealth in the form of estates or houses or land or in a bank, for millenia wealth has been stored in art, precious fabrics, and particularly into ornaments. Their culture is very conservative about the type of ornaments favored: for thousands of years jewelry made from amber, turquoise and coral have been worn because the stones are believed to hold spiritual power. Gold and silver and also naturally found in Tibet, and the use of these metals by the wealthy also goes back thousands of years. Their ornaments are very chunky, bold and colorful. While the gold earrings that Khampa women wear may have cost them a year or maybe several year's of their salary, ornaments carry so much social status in their society that probably didn't have to think twice about the purchase. To the Khampa people these ornaments have the utmost sentimental value and significance, because they are the physical remnants of generations of their ancestors hard work or success. what these people are wearing is not just their life savings, but also their family history and treasure. this culture has been around for millenia - archeological finds from the 1st century AD in the khampa area unearthed ornaments that are essentially the same in design and materials as today's are. there are also beliefs that the stones provide good luck and protection to disease. dyed red coral is the most sought after stone, but interestingly tibet is very very far from any oceans - all the coral is imported by traders! Religious symbols from Tibetan Buddhism frequency form the designs of pieces, however archeological finds show that the role of ornaments in Tibetan society and peoples' lives long predate the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. Indeed the beliefs of spiritual protection being provided by coral, amber and turquoise probably originate from the ancient shamanic Bon religion. ANOTHER PHOTO of her is below... (click the thumbnail)
According to a 2006 study done by the National Education Association, 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years because of poor working conditions and low salaries. Yet, according to the 2006 General Social Survey, teaching ranks among the Top 10 most gratifying jobs with 69% of teachers reporting they were very satisfied with their jobs. A low salary should not be the reason stop molding young minds and influencing lives for the betterment of our society. Learn to: Retire with a sizeable nest egg Teach in a foreign country Own all of your possessions including your cars and house Invest in Roth IRAs and 403bs Establish a weekly 'budget' Live a financially secure life on a teacher s salary! Use author Danny Kofke's easy-to-use tips to equip you and your family to not only survive, but live happily within your means, multiply your funds and invest in your future.See also:
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