I just read Rich Franz's comments in the Patch. More than once he said "teach the basic curriculum." I don't know anyone who only teaches "the basic curriculum" which is a big reason students in our district do so well. The teachers regularly go above and beyond "the basic curriculum."
But I like Rich's idea. I could get used to working the clock, nothing outside my scheduled hours—including coaching, which, let's face it, is far below minimum wage (did you know that, Rich?)—and not doing work at home, during the summer, while on vacation (how many of us actively seek information and resources we can use in class while on vacation? To enhance "the basic curriculum.")
Maybe if all the teachers just taught "the basic curriculum" and did not sponsor or coach outside activities and only worked the clock Rich and his followers would finally get what they pay for. Teachers, what do you think?
Nah, we won't. We couldn't live with ourselves.