“Are you sick of high paid teachers? Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - baby sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.
Teachers should only be paid less than minimum wage. They are nothing more than glorified babysitters. And we should pay them the same way.
That’s right. Let’s 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 plan — that equals 6 ½ hours).
Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.
Now how many do they teach in day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 ½ hours X 30 children
X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
And it ain’t teacher pay.
The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your
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Notes: the average salary is actually well above where many teachers’ starting salaries fall. The average is the salary it takes us at least 15+ years to achieve in many states. The only place in the US where the average STARTING salary was above that average in 2012-2013 was in the District of Columbia. Here’s a link to that info.
Keep in mind that an average starting salary doesn’t always reflect what a first-year teacher would be getting. For example, I worked in Ohio last year, which was my first year teaching, and my salary was below the average starting for that state the year before.
Another thing to keep in mind is that while the average is above $50,000, there are also things called step freezes and salary freezes within the teaching profession. Theoretically, you are supposed to move up a “step” for every year you have taught. You start at a Bachelor’s 0 (or Master’s, if that’s what you have) and work up from there, achieving Bachelor’s 1 after having taught a year and so on. With every “step” comes a small pay increase. However, there are quite a few districts throughout the nation who are going through such massive budgeting problems that some teachers aren’t getting to move up the appropriate “steps” every year. Not only does this affect pay, but it also messes with retirement. That means that instead of teaching until they’re 65 and getting all their benefits for retiring, many teachers are having to work beyond that mark to get their full benefits. Hence some of those older teachers that many people wish would just quit.
I also mentioned salary freezes. In most districts, there is a teacher’s union established to try to fight for the rights of the teachers. Every so many years, a school district and the union for that district are supposed to convene and come to an agreement on raises, or increases in the salaries for each “step” on the ladder. When an agreement can’t be reached (which is more often than people might think, since districts don’t really want to add more to their budgets), there is a “salary freeze,” where there is no increase in the salary for the different steps. For example, say that in year 1, a Bachelor’s 0 is at $31,000 (meaning that’s the starting salary in that district for a teacher with absolutely no teaching experience). The next year (year 2), according to the agreement set forth by the district and the union, Bachelor’s 0 moves up to $31,675. So a brand new teacher in year 2 would receive more starting out than a brand new teacher in year 1 (which is to be expected, due to the cost of living going up and such). Then, the agreement runs out and it’s time to meet again to come to an agreement for years 3-5. A decision cannot be reached, so until further notice, Bachelor’s 0 is still $31,675 for year 3. And it will stay that way until an agreement is reached. Meanwhile, the cost of living is going up and new teachers can’t afford to work in that district because of the low pay. Or, they can’t find a higher paying job, and are spiraling further into debt even though they have a job and should be able to pay their bills.
Additionally, just like in other jobs, just because you are hired one year does not mean you will be the next. If the district has to make cuts in teachers, that means that you could be out of a job. If the district has any reason to think you’ve done something wrong, you could be out of a job. Job security isn’t necessarily a term that is synonymous with the teaching profession.
So, throw in the years of step freezes, salary freezes, and the potential loss of your job due to being cut because of financial constraints for the district, and it could take you more than 20 years to reach that average of $50,000.
Also, not to mention the fact that some people may laugh at 30 being the number of students in that equation, but it happens. When I was solo student-teaching, I was responsible for a class of 28 students. And I had to meet all of their individual needs.
So, uh, yeah. Teachers need to be paid more. But that should be a duh for everyone. If you need more proof, see my other rant for the day, where I have outlined some other points, including “breaks,” hours worked per week, etc. Here it is. Other lovely denizens of tumblr started the conversation, but I took it on the rant train and went to town.
And if you want to know what else teachers make, give this a click right here.