Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Opus 2013-75: Cheap Babysitting

Have you ever done the math on the cost of education compared to a good babysitter?  The public schools are really a good deal.

Lets assume that you have 30 students for each teacher.  Lets assume that the teacher has a salary and benefit package that is $100,000 a year.  If you don’t like my numbers, put in your own, I think it will still work.

Teachers have students for about six hours a day.  They teach five days a week.  Lets see what the math is on that.

    30    students
    x 6    hours a day
    180     billable babysitting hours a day.

Most teachers are responsible for students about 180 days a year.

         x 180
         32,400    billable hours a year

Now, divide the cost by the billable hours.


It comes out to about $3.09 an hour.  It has been a long time since I had to hire a baby sitter but even twenty years ago we were paying a lot more than that.

So education is really a bargain.  And you don’t have to drive the teacher home after school.

homo unius libri


  1. That's a fact. Schools have basically become day care centers.

    1. How well I know. Education has become the option. Keeping them off the streets is the default.

      Grace and peace.


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