Teacher pay is a joke. Name one professional career that requires a specialized degree where starting pay is 12 percent above poverty. There is no other group of professionals in this country that are more underpaid and underappreciated than teachers. They are responsible for the future of civilization. They must be teachers, investigators, counselors, policemen, nurses, negotiators, behavioral specialists, coaches, organizers, representatives, role models, parents and friends. All before 9 am today.We can get that for less than minimum wage.
Thatís right. Letís give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planĖ that equals 6 1/2 hours).
Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a dayÖmaybe 30? So thatís $19.50 x 30 =$585.00 a day.
I get pissed when people talk about how teachers are over paid. Two of my children are educators and ARE not overpaid.
Having said that, our educational system has problems. We spend more to educate a single student here than in any other country in the world, but that students' performance falls about 50th on the list. That's a problem. We must change the way we educate kids. We expect students with poor parents who don't provide resources and guidance to compete with students who have every advantage. That doesn't work and the statistics prove it. We need better teachers, and you get them by paying them a professional salary. The GOP solution is the same - cut funding when there's problems. Thankfully, they have no power whatsoever.