We continue to see mediocre professional athletes sign contracts for millions of dollars a year. I have long lost the ability to fathom how any athlete is worth that kind of money. I’m not envious, but I’m always struck by the injustice of it.
How can we pay professional athletes that type of money to play a game, and those who teach and mold our future be paid such a paltry sum in comparison?
Whether a major league baseball player has a banner season next year, or whether he breaks every record in the books, it will have not one iota of impact on what kind of children we raise. It will not affect the quality of our public officials nor will it determine who will be performing surgery, repairing cars, or educating our young 20 years down the road.
But teachers do.
Think about this. Our future depends upon our children. In our society today, who has children in their custody and control most of the time?
Not parents. The large percentage of the time when children are in the custody of their parents, they are not under their control. They are either glued to the television set, iPhones, or out running around with their friends. Or sleeping.
The answer of course is teachers.
From the time that they begin as mere babies in preschool and over the next 12 to 20 years, young minds, personalities, and attitudes are daily molded by people who we pay less each year than Derek Jeter will make with one at bat.
One could argue that one good thing about the low teachers’ salary is that we get very good people to teach our children who are not motivated by money. Most all of them could be doing better financially in other trades, occupations and professions. Fortunately for all of us, they recognize the grand purpose in their calling.
That purpose is what makes life worth living.
We can fight drugs, crime, violence and lawlessness on a grand and massive scale.
Judges can send people to the penitentiary until they are brimming over with humanity.
But no one has a great influence on the direction young people will take than those who are with them most of the time in their younger years.
Read a story about an errant kid gone straight, humble beginnings leading to grand and glorious heights, success out of the ashes of despair, and you will almost always find a teacher or a coach who is the main person who made a difference.
There is a saying, which
I like, “You never know to whom you are speaking
when you talk to a child.”
It may be a future Stephen Spielberg, Billy Graham
or Sandra Day O’Connor.
Or it may simply be some-
one who does not reach the height of fame and fortune but goes to work everyday, pays taxes, is law abiding and makes a contribution.
It is reported that the ancient Greek teacher, Socrates, taught under a shade tree. Many teachers undoubtedly envy such simplicity. Today, because of state, federal, and local regulations and guidelines, they are inundated with paperwork, deadlines, forms and reports which have — at least in their eyes — very little to do with their classroom performance. Those who teach in special education these days deserve a Purple Heart and a pension.
Years ago there was a clear line of separation between what went on at home and what went on at school. That no longer exists. With the increasing number of dysfunctional families, substance abuse, divorce, and other types of social maladies occurring, they all spill over into the classroom. Teachers and the entire school system are looked to more and more as being people who must meet some of the larger social needs and not just the teaching of reading and arithmetic.
Henry Books Adams placed the role of the teacher in the long perspective when he wrote, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell when his influence stops.”
No one takes on the awesome task of teaching because of money. But it would say more of us as a society if we paid them more to acknowledge their true worth.
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Bill Cunningham is a Kentucky Supreme Court justice.
Teachers are the future
Teachers are what keep the world going. Most to all jobs require educational skills in which you will learn in school. Teaching creates all other professions. Say one teacher teaches one class of twenty students, every day for a whole school year. Once these kids are all done in school, they can all grow up to 20 amazing presidents, lawyers, volunteers, and much more! Whoever thinks that teachers don't need a raise must be a bunch of idiots. Teachers truly keep the world going. Teachers should make much more that dumb football players, because at one point in that football players life, he had a teacher that made him able to be where he is now. Think about that.
They make the future of the 50 states.
They deserve a raise because they're teaching us students. They are teaching us difficult things, and sometimes students don't understand so they take their free time away to educate a student. Plus with the common core they have to be trained when they're supposed to be teaching. Before some students where lost now the teachers have to work even harder than before.
Yes they do.
Teachers do deserve a raise, after all they are helping our children earn an education and better themselves. Some teachers are given a lot of harassment and have a difficult time and I think giving them a raise would help them feel more appreciated and understand why they wanted the job in the first place.
More money is more passion for teachers
When teachers get more money they will have more passion for their job because they will want to be at work not want to be somewhere else so when they get paid more they have better mind sets about work. But if they do get paid more they may want more power which they cannot have.
In most school districts, yes.
Some school districts take care of their teachers well. Unfortunately, this is the exception and not the rule. The majority of teachers are underpaid. People think teachers work 6-7 hour days like the kids do. This simply isn't true. Most teachers are at school 8-9 hours a day just like other professionals. However, they have a tremendous amount of work they have to take home (more so than most other professionals making a similar salary). Also, teachers don't have off every time the students do. They have development days, parent/teacher conferences, etc. The vacation time is a perk to the job, but the work they do is worth more than a starting salary of $30,000-$40,000 a year.
I'm a student teacher right now and I observe how difficult it is to be a teacher. Ultimately, though, most of us do it because we love it even though the pay isn't great. However, it's important to keep in mind that, even though we choose to teach, we still deserve to be compensated appropriately. We deserve to be able to afford to eat healthy, live in a modest home in a good neighbourhood, and drive a car that isn't 15 years old. It's just something to keep in mind because I often hear the argument "well they teach because they want to, no one is forcing them to, and if they wanted to make more money they shouldn't have become a teacher." This may be true, but just because someone enjoys their job doesn't mean they shouldn't be paid for it. Should you only be compensated well if you hate your job? The logic of the argument fails. Also, please keep in mind that we NEED teachers. Our society can't function without them. Who would train the doctors, the engineers, the scientists and anthropologists, the chemists, and writers? Society would collapse.
I think most people agree that excellent teachers should receive more raises. What we really need is a better way to assess which teachers are excellent and which aren't. Standardized testing doesn't work (for teachers or the students). It's just something really difficult to assess on a nationwide basis.
Yes they do
Teachers deserve more pay rise because they spend more time at school then they do at home. They give us a really good education and help with every thing there is to. They deserve more money than usual because they spend more at school marking work and checking that there plan for kids gives them a happy future
They Help Make Our Future
They DO deserve a pay raise. They are people that have a HUGE part in forming our future, because kids are the future. They are the ones that have a large part in making our kids who they are academically and sometimes personally. Teachers are a necessity to our world now because this world needs to advance every year to keep things going. They put up with more than most, handling 30 kids at a time would be no easy task for anyone. They need a raise.
Yes, teachers deserve a raise.
I believe that teachers deserve a raise. Good teachers spend so much of their time planning lessons and learning about new content standards. They must monitor their students' progress and plan interventions if they are failing. Often teachers have to buy school supplies out of their own pockets because the districts are so cash strapped. Teachers are underpaid and not appreciated enough.
Yes, teachers deserve a raise.
Our teachers are like another parent, only they have many more children to look out for. We are entrusting our future with them. Teacher's don't get the recognition they deserve, nor the respect. We have started to give rewards for their outstanding work, but a little more money along with a certificate would be nice.
Yes, they definitely do in most cases.
Starting teachers make less than an assistant manager at Walmart, yet in most states they must have a Master's degree to get their license. It is a thankless job where they get no respect for the amount of work they must do, including the many hours of work they bring home each night and weekend from homework, and the unpaid hours they spend advising clubs. Even coaching high school sports, which is paid, works out to about 85 cents an hour for an involved coach. Parents don't respect them, so of course the students don't. The parents expect teachers to basically raise their children for them, pay them a low wage, then complain that we have a shortage of quality teachers. Ever heard the phrase "you get what you pay for"? How can we expect our best and brightest to want to teach when it is a maligne, difficult job for little remuneration?
I find that the majority of people who oppose higher pay and benefits for teachers have no real idea what they do or how immensely difficult teaching is. For those naysayers- sign up to substitute teach. I DARE you.