No one would deny that educating our children properly and effectively should be one our society’s highest priorities.
I mean, every election cycle, isn’t “education” always a hot topic?
Isn’t the education of the country’s children a priority?
Many of us talk a good “education” game, but then when it comes to putting money where our mouths are, we drop the ball.
We can talk about the importance of “education” all we want…, but the numbers don’t lie.
If we value “education,” then don’t we have to value our teachers as well?
After all, what is “education” without teachers?
Effective learning and effective teaching go hand in hand.
But the numbers don’t lie…, and apparently, we don’t value our teachers very much at all.
If we look at the top 25 paying jobs in America, per the Glassdoor website, we won’t find any teaching jobs here.
But they must be fairly close to making the top 25 list, right?
I mean in order to even be hired as a teacher, a bachelor’s degree in “Education” is required, along with a “teachable” minor degree. State competency tests must be passed, and a background check must be passed as well, before someone can then be “certified” as a “teacher.”
On-going professional training and college level courses must then be completed prior to being re-certified every five years.
Note: Glassdoor is a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries as well as search and apply for jobs on its platform.
So where do teachers come in?
Well, according to the United States Department of Labor, with data as of 2018, the highest ranking teaching position would be a college law professor. Ranking at number 37, with an average annual salary of $130,710.
Next on their list would be a college medical professor. Ranking at number 46, and averaging $122,320 annually.
We continue to see more college level positions scattered throughout the next 64 positions…, which then brings us to Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators, ranked at 110, earning $98,750 annually.
But that’s the “Administrators.”
So our regular old “school teachers” should be coming up soon, right?
As we continue through the list, I don’t see them as we go all the way down to number 200.
I then continue down the list, and I still don’t see teachers listed in the top 300!
Then finally…, there…, all the way down at position 370 are our elementary and secondary teachers, with an average yearly salary of $62,200.
Yes folks…, we value our children’s education so much that we are willing to pay their teachers an average of $62K per year.
We value our children’s education so much that their teacher’s salary ranks 370th on the list of highest paying jobs in our country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
It’s hard to believe isn’t it?
But the numbers don’t lie.
That means that there are 369 jobs out there that are apparently more valuable than being a teacher.
Off the top of your head…, could you list 10-15 jobs more important, or more difficult than being a teacher?
How about 15-25 jobs more important, or more difficult than being a teacher?
How about 100 jobs?!
Well, I think you get my point.
Teachers being ranked at number 370 on this list is absolutely ridiculous and a slap in the face to all of our teachers out there.
I have to admit that I have personally been an elementary teacher and a high school teacher in my life, so I do carry some bias here…,
But number 370?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Believe me, it’s not easy managing the behavior of a classroom full of kids, while managing to instruct them across a curriculum with multiple subjects, not to mention all of the life lessons teachers impart regarding communicating, getting along with others, manners, etc.
And many, many teachers have to pay for many of their own classroom supplies and snacks on top of it!
And yet, some individuals will still say that teachers are overpaid!!!!
Yes…, some say that Teachers’ salaries are driving up their taxes…, and that they only work 9 or 10 months a year on top of it!
Some people feel that Teachers are just glorified babysitters and that they should be paid as such.
Okay…, well, let’s look at this scenario and see how much money we’d all save!
We can get a “babysitter” for way less than minimum wage, right?
That’s right! Let’s give these “teachers” $3.00 an hour, which isn’t bad at all for your average babysitter…, and only for the hours they actually are in class; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school on grading papers, attending special programs, parent conferences, or running clubs or coaching sports.
That would come to $19.50 a day (7:45 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., with 45 min. off for lunch and planning. 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 day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!!
We’re not going to pay these teachers for any vacation days!
So, let’s see…, that’s $585 X 180 then, or…, $105,300 per year?
Wait…, what?! That can’t be right! That’s way more than their making now!
How could that be?!
(That would move teachers all the way up the list to number 83! That’s much better, but still quite low in comparison.)
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees?
Well, we could be extra generous and pay them minimum wage ($7.75), you know…, like if they worked at Taco Bell or McDonald’s, and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8.00 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year!
I think we just lost a few of our complaining taxpayers!
I also think it’s time for us as a nation to get serious about our children’s education.
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