caoyun wrote:That's irrelevant. A vacation is a vacation. Get back to me when you're willing to spend your entire vacation working instead of relaxing and having fun.
What you're ignoring is that the vacations the Professors get are part of the overall employment package. If they didn't get all that time off, they'd demand higher pay, which would cause an increase in tuition. That's how the real world works. You trade one employment benefit for another. Perhaps you sacrifice good health care for better pay or vice versa. Perhaps you sacrifice better pay for lots of vacation time. That's the way it works.
But either way, how can you attack someone for not wanting to work on their vacation? You need to watch Ferris Bueller and zen out for awhile.
They get paid plenty and have pretty damned decent health care as a general rule.
I'm not attacking anyone (that would be you actually, with your little comment about Ferris). I'm arguing that a vacation for the students doesn't necessarily mean a vacation for professors. How could it? Professors are expected and often required to spend their vacations writing, publishing and lecturing. I don't think its a huge stretch or "attack," to suggest that grading might also be part of the job.
Professors are expected to write, publish, whatever, period. They aren't expected to specifically do so over winter break. And if they were, one would think that, in addition to having time off, they have other work to do, aside from grading, which would excuse a delay anyway. Winter break may be best opportunity they have to get some substantial writing done, but that doesn't mean that they are contractually obligated to write over winter break.
But anyway, I never said Professors didn't get good health care. My point was just that pretty much every aspect of a job is negotiated over, when you're a professional. If Professors didn't get winter break off, they'd expect higher pay, as they'd be working more. It's a give and take no matter which way you slice it. I don't like having to wait more than a month for my grades. It really fucks one over in the job hunt and with judicial internships, for example, but such is life. As far as I'm concerned, winter break is as much their vacation as it is mine. I DO have to work over winter break. It blows. Big time. I wouldn't wish it on anyone else.