Should a student be paid by teaching?
March 23, 2007 9:06am CST
I'm a Chinese high school student and I'm taking part in the Olympiad Informatics Competition. I'm in Grade 3 so my teacher makes me teaching the students in Grade 2. Some friends of mine are earning money in the same way, which makes me admire a lot. But I'm never paid, even I had more lessons than them. I think this is unfair. What is worse, my teacher is very arrogant to me, which makes me unpleasant. I'm sure that I teach better than her! How can she regard me in that way? And furthermore, the students in Grade 2 isn't in conjugation with me. They took my help for granted and are not grateful at all. I have no passion for that work now. So I need your suggestion. What do you think about it?
• Russian Federation
25 Mar 07
For me,i think you can't be paid any money because the work you are doing is like an assistance to the teacher in charge.So your appointment is not Legal,if at all anybody want to give you anything is the person you are rendering the help to,not the school authority.I think if the teacher you are assisting is not appreciating enough to you,you can call it to a quit,nobody can kill you for that.
• United States
24 Mar 07
It sounds to me like you're being used to make someone else's life easier. So I can understand that you'd be unhappy about it. Is there another teacher or trusted adult that you can talk to about, to see what your options are? If your friends are getting paid then there doesn't seem to be a reason you shouldn't be paid. If you don't like teaching, though, can you quit and get a different job? In terms of the arrogance, I have never found a good way of dealing with that other than just trying to let it roll off you and not let it bother you, but that's very hard. Best of luck!
27 Mar 07
In my view, she is not a responsible teacher, but I can do nothing about it. I'm trying to consider such kinda thing just a change to improve myself and forget about my teacher. I'll try my best to live a happy life. Thank you very much for your response.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I think the other teacher treated you disrespectfully because you did a better job teaching her students than her. That teacher doesn't sound like a professional, and she should be reprimanded for her behavior via an authority figure at the school. You are allowed to voice your discomfort in the principle's office. GO tell on her, just because she is an adult(supposedly), doesn't mean she can't get into trouble if she act a jerk. You have taken a step in the right direction by getting the courage to post about it here, and we will try to help you. You cannot let the other teacher get away with treating you badly. Otherwise, that teacher will run over you and continue to disrespect you. If the students saw her treating you in this manner, it would explain why they are following her lead. Students run with the leader instead of thinking for themselves, and they should also apologize to you. I think a student that teaches in front of a class should be compensated somehow, because it is not really your job, right? Speak up and got to the principle, your parents, or even the teacher herself. You have every right to voice her bad judgement in treating you.
27 Mar 07
Well, firstly, thank you so mcuh for your concern. It's such a long piece of response. I used to tell my friends about it, but nearly all of them suggented me to bear it and forget it. Now I'll have at most half a month to teach, so I'm hesitating whether to speak to her right now, or after half a month, or never. I haven't made up my mind. And I really appreciate your response.
23 Mar 07
i think you feel very put upon and unappreciated and i cant blame you. the least they can do is appreciate your help. however if it is beneficial to your career in the future i wouldnt knock it. go through the proper channels and enquire why some people are paid and ask why you are not. it is not a crime to ask. dont let it put you off your career though .