What sort of person does not think there is anything wrong with asking the folks that are tasked with teaching our children to take a 20% cut on a 50,000 annual salary, but think it’s terrible idea to asked millionaires to pay an additional 3% more in taxes?
The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries (Source)
At the moment, the average teacher’s pay is on par with that of a toll taker or bartender.
Teachers make 14 percent less than professionals in other occupations that require similar levels of education. In real terms, teachers’ salaries have declined for 30 years. The average starting salary is $39,000; the average ending salary — after 25 years in the profession — is $67,000.
So how do teachers cope? Sixty-two percent (62%) work outside the classroom to make ends meet. For Erik Benner, an award-winning history teacher in Keller, Tex., money has been a constant struggle. He has two children, and for 15 years has been unable to support them on his salary. Every weekday, he goes directly from Trinity Springs Middle School to drive a forklift at Floor and Décor. He works until 11 every night, then gets up and starts all over again.
Many of the best teachers leave the profession. They’re mowed down by the long hours, low pay, the lack of support and respect.
Imagine a novice teacher, thrown into an urban school, told to teach five classes a day, with up to 40 students each. At the year’s end, if test scores haven’t risen enough, he or she is called a bad teacher. For college graduates who have other options, this kind of pressure, for such low pay, doesn’t make much sense. So every year 20 percent of teachers in urban districts quit. Nationwide, 46 percent of teachers quit before their fifth year. The turnover costs the United States $7.34 billion yearly. The effect within schools — especially those in urban communities where turnover is highest — is devastating.
The consulting firm McKinsey recently examined how we might attract and retain a talented teaching force. The study compared the treatment of teachers here and in the three countries that perform best on standardized tests: Finland, Singapore and South Korea.
Turns out these countries have an entirely different approach to the profession. First, the governments in these countries recruit top graduates to the profession. (We don’t.) In Finland and Singapore they pay for training. (We don’t.) In terms of purchasing power, South Korea pays teachers on average 250 percent of what we do.
And most of all, they trust their teachers. They are rightly seen as the solution, not the problem, and when improvement is needed, the school receives support and development, not punishment. Accordingly, turnover in these countries is startlingly low: In South Korea, it’s 1 percent per year. In Finland, it’s 2 percent. In Singapore, 3 percent. (Source)
Tax payers are footing the bill for all the overpaid executives at all the bailed out Wall Street firms, at GM, GE, AIG, Fanny and Freddy; for Wall Street’s $140 billion dollar bonuses in 2009 and 2010; for all the billions and billions of dollars in losses they just took; and for all the trillions in losses they will take in the near future.
Class Warfare: Paul Ryan’s ‘budget’ imposes huge sacrifices on the poor while cutting taxes on the rich, but this is not class warfare. Ryan intends to dismantle Medicare, hand out worthless vouchers to the sick and tax cuts for the rich, but this is not class warfare. Raising taxes on those who make over $250,000 a year, that is class warfare. Pointing out that his ‘budget’ is a farce, that’s class warfare, too.
After the public’s money has been given away to bail out the rich, of course there’s nothing left to pay for much else . . .
And don’t get me started about unions . . .
- Thom Hartmann: So…who is paid too much? Teachers or Banksters?
- Scapegoating Public Employees — Wall St congratulates themselves with $144 billion in bonuses
- The Scam in Wisconsin–bashing public employees as a smokescreen to hide a fat cat scam to grab State assets
- Les Leopold: Financial Socialism by and for Wall Street Elites?
- Shared Sacrifice: Where’s Wall Street’s Share?
- Most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes
- Bonuses for Execs, Everyone Else Getting Shafted
- Middle Class asked to sacrifice pensions & healthcare
- Scapegoating workers
- New York State is broke, but Gov. Cuomo joins GOP push to spare wealthy. That’s right, a new, astonishing trick for his recovery plan – tax cuts for the wealthy