My pinko life. A a found poem from a comment to my blog from anonymous. And a response poem.


Non-toxic marker and pencil drawing by one of my first grade students. “Super-hero.” 18X22


oh come on Fred.
you made a good salary from teaching
you only worked 181 days
inservice days
a joke
you played in art class
bet that was hard to update every year
toxic markers
to non toxic
and you are going to get 3 percent
compounded for the rest of your
pinko life.
stop bitching.
pay up!!!



Oh come on Fred
You bought the brushes and the paper
Even before you made decent money
You wrote lesson plans and accommodations and
Modifications all weekend to satisfy the Philistines,
A joke
You educated the needy and the defiant and the goofy
whose parents wanted to know
why their kids got a “B” in coloring…when you knew
they were supposed to be researching Teotihuacan or
The Ancient Minoans…..
And the politicians want to take your 3 percent and your
And you continue to fight the corruption and the
Self-serving hypocrites…that is my poem,
For you and for me.

-Katherine Kampf, Visual Arts teacher


7 Replies to “My pinko life. A a found poem from a comment to my blog from anonymous. And a response poem.”

  1. I love the cognitive dissonance of the teacher bashers- according to them anyone can do it, the job’s easy, and the retirement is unbelievable…which makes me question…why didn’t THEY go into teaching?

    Either it’s not the cake walk that they envision or they are dumb for not choosing that career path…

    Which is it?

    Could it be that most teacher’s go in to teaching because they like to work with kids, find the job challenging and spiritually rewarding, and believe EVERYONE should have a safe and secure retirement?


    1. God’s honest truth- I had NO IDEA what my pension would entail when I first started teaching. In fact I didn’t even KNOW I had a pension when I took the job.

      As a local union leader, based on the conversations I’ve had with new teachers, most of them are unaware.

      I just had to explain to my little brother, who just started teaching himself, that he had a pension.

      Of course I then had to explain the he will have a crummy pension because he is a Tier 2 employee and he better start making private retirement plans now. Unfortunately I couldn’ help him in determining WHAT those retirement options would be since the 403b pland look as shaky as a 401K plan.

      Point being, I’ve never met a teacher who said they started in the profession for a 180 day work year or the pension. My guess is those would be among the 50% of new teachers who leave the field before the end of 4 years when they find out that, yes, teaching IS hard.

  2. Fred,
    I’m catching up on reading your posts here. Forgive the long delay in my response to this. Anyhow… I just “love” trolls (?) like “Anonymous” who seem “to know everything,” including the minutest details, about our teaching jobs. By contrast, I learned decades ago not to put my foot in my mouth by presuming “to know everything” or even something about the ins and outs of someone else’s job. If “Anonymous” knows so much about our “great perks” as teachers, why didn’t he / she become a teacher? How could “Anonymous” have been such a gigantic fool by not joining the teaching ranks? “Anonymous” wasn’t the first and won’t be the last idiot to have blown such a “golden” opportunity! As the former pizza specialist and Republican presidential candidate, Herman Kane, once admonished: “Blame yourself!”

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