This summer, JG is taking 3 classes in the ever-present teacher-quest to Move Up the Salary Scale. The courses are all of the same ilk: week-long, 8 hours a day, held at a local high school, 3 credits each. It’s a relatively painless process, even though the classes are usually mindless, and the school district reimburses the cost.
Tomorrow is the first day of his first course, where the aim is to teach teachers how to integrate an iPod Touch into their classrooms. As such, the tuition is higher to include the cost of an iPod.
So, let’s review:
- JG is taking a “class” about using an iPod.
- After reimbursement, his school district will have paid for said iPod.
- This racket is enough to help boost him along the salary scale.
In principle, I am totally indignant about this whole thing. A week in a classroom “learning” about a free iPod constitutes professional development and grounds for future increased pay? Even when the course instructor routinely lets students out a few hours early every day? And then, tax dollars pay for this process? It’s ludicrous, really. It’s hardly a semblance of education.
In reality, however, I can not escape the fact that we are getting a free iPod thanks to his school district, wherein we do not live and therefore do not pay taxes. Neither JG nor I have ever had any kind of digital music player, so I’m looking forward to being able to make playlists and download audio books.
But in theory, I am incensed! (Really.)