My parents live in a fairly ritzy suburb of Boston, and they take their puppy every day to doggy day care in the city while they work. Perhaps a little fussy, but not outside the realm of possibility for a lot of people. It costs $28 a day to board your dog at this place. There are tons of these places, and I did a little research…all of the ones in ABQ cost between $17 and $25 a day, per dog, basically just to ensure that the dog doesn’t croak while you’re away.
I make $28,000 a year. That works out to $150 a day, not counting planning or weekends I spend in my classroom or extra time. That works out to $6 a kid a day. And I’m not just supposed to ensure lack of croakage, I’m supposed to teach them stuff!
I know some people will say this is an unfair comparison, and they’re right. The kids get more services than the dogs, school money needs to be spread around to lots of other things besides the teacher, and so on. I definitely make more than someone who watches the dogs all day.
People pay $28 a day to keep a dog breathing.
The state of New Mexico pays me $6 a day to teach a kid to read.
The world is a silly place.