Good for a Laugh
I don't know about other cities, but New York makes teachers have mandatory professional developments days on Election Day. A tried and true tradition that bores and annoyed thousands of educators each year in November. Our school's union rep stated our feelings very succinctly with this joke:
A venerable teacher passes away and meets St. Peter at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter leads the teacher through a poor looking neighborhood with small, run-down houses. “Is the is where teachers go when they die?” asked the teacher.
“No,” St. Peter said, “This is where lawyers go.” They continued walking and came to a community of middle class homes in mediocre repair.
“Is this where teachers go when they die?” the educator inquired again.
“No, this is for the doctors,” answered St. Peter. Finally, they arrived at a magnificent mansion within a beautiful grounds. The teacher looked around in amazement at his good fortune, but paused when he noticed that not a single person was to be seen. “Where are all the other teachers?” the instructor asked.
“Oh,” said St. Peter, “Today they’re in Hell. It’s aprofessional development day.”