Thursday, November 01, 2007

vacation

I'm on vacation for a week. You would think I would now have time to update my blog, but I would doubt it. Next week my sister is gettng married at the interntional convention center in Jerusalem and we have the honor of hosting the party in our Galilean village from this evening until the wedding day. The whole family will not be coming to us because of academic responsibilities so we have a small group of 35 for shabbos including women and children. 

There is a strike of all Iraeli high school teachers going on. It is in the middle of the third week. They feel that because they are trying to teach our children the basic knowledge that they need to survive in life, they deserve a bit of respect and a proper paycheck. They don't have to work in the summer and get a nice break for holidays, so that should be worth something.

The prime minister announced that he has cancer the same day that there was supposed to be a big media expose on his corruption, so they postponed the expose. Coincidence? I think not. The big question going around is _ does he really have cancer and if so, did they hold the story until it was most politically beneficial for him.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, teachers aren't paid for summer vacation, so that's not really worth much. Also, one of teachers is now working as a hotel maid down in Eilat. She said is was pathetic and sad that she's making just as much working as a maid in a hotel as she does as a teacher.

You know Olmert is a consummate politician to the end. Of course he timed the announcement for the most opportune time. He claims it was to be "open and honest" with the Israeli people. Yeah right. What Olmert doesn't seem to realize is that he can delay the inevitable, but he can't stop it.

Anonymous said...

"The average salary for a beginning teacher is less than NIS 5,000 a month. After 10 years of experience, it does not even reach NIS 6,000 - 25 percent below the average wage."
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/912420.html
I would allow all school teachers to take off half the week - every week - in protest.

Heidi said...

are you ever gonna blog again or should I stop checking?

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