|FROM ||Ron Guerin
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Teaching Stipents
On Sat, 2001-12-29 at 15:33, Billy wrote:
> Alan Wiess wrote:
> > OK
> > So how much would you want to teach a 25 hour Class
> > for NYLXS?
> I'm not teaching one in the immediate future, so there's no use trying
> to extract a number from me. If anyone out there needs some spare
> cash, I believe there's nothing ethically wrong with a little
> moonlighting for NYLXS. When you make it a question to me personally
> of how much money I would want, then we're talking about a detail of a
> hypothetical situation. Ultimately, it doesn't matter what I would do
> it for, because I'm not doing it.
(apologies to Billy, for using him as an example throughout)
As the recipient of an academic stipend in my past, I understood
immediately what Ruben was hoping to achieve, and Billy's response
confirmed it. No one gets rich off stipends unless there's monkey
Using the original Perl course as a guide, we have a stipend of $500
spread out over 45 hours, which works out to about $11 an hour. I'm
sure if Billy was _writing_ Perl code for a client, he'd be charging
more than $11 an hour, and he'd probably be doing the work at a time and
place of his own convenience.
Personally, I find teaching more draining than programming, so if I were
being asked by a client to teach a workshop or something, I'd be
charging my full hourly day rate. (which is substantially more than
>From the NYLXS perspective, offering a stipend makes it possible for
guys like Billy to come and teach _more_. If he would have taught one
class before, now he might be able to squeeze in a second class. You're
not making it profitable for him, you're just making it less of a
hardship. If Billy's son was about 16, that $500 would only buy the new
sneakers he'd be lusting after, and maybe a first run showing of a DMCA
protected movie at a theater for three.
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