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Teachers ought to be paid more. LD style debate. Please do not respond until Jan 2nd.

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Started: 12/30/2016 Category: Education
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"Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students."~ Solomon Ortiz (Former U.S Representative)
In today"s society, it is becoming more of a struggle to find teachers. Many teachers switch profession so they can support themselves, and people who want to become teachers choose a major that will pay more. The problem is obvious. Teachers aren"t paid enough. Because I agree that teachers aren"t paid enough, I support the resolution, Resolved: Teachers ought to be paid more. My value is Utilitarianism. This is important because paying the teachers more will mean the future generations will better society. This overall supports the greatest amount of people. My criterion is reasonable pay. Reasonable pay will help the teachers and promote more motivation in the field. This will lead to Utilitarianism.
For clarification on my position I offer the following definitions:
Utilitarianism:a theory that the aim of action should be the largest possible balance of pleasure over pain or the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Merriam-Webster
Reasonable pay: An amount of given income that compensates for the quality of goods or service being provided. Law Dictionary
Contention One: Teachers should be valued more.
Teachers are important
Teachers are one of if not the most important aspect of a functioning society. Even with their significant importance they are considerably undervalued and in some instances looked down upon. According to the survey, eight out of 10 teachers do not feel their profession is valued by society. Among school leaders, the proportion who feel teaching is undervalued rises to 90%. A new survey from Teach Strong found that 90% of adults in the U.S. feel that teachers play an important role in the well-being and success of the country overall, more than doctors, business professionals, professors and lawyers. That same survey found that almost 3 in 4 U.S. adults feel that teachers are undervalued in society. One school leader interviewed about the survey by the TES put a considerable share of the blame on the media. There appeared to be a default setting among some, he said, to blame schools whenever anything went wrong, even though children spend far more time out of school than in it.

B. Teachers impact future generations.
"The work of Bill Sanders, formerly at the University of Tennessee's Value-Added Research and Assessment Center, has been pivotal in reasserting the importance of the individual teacher on student learning. The results of this study well document that the most important factor affecting student learning is the teacher. In addition, the results show wide variation in effectiveness among teachers. The immediate and clear implication of this finding is that seemingly more can be done to improve education by improving the effectiveness of teachers than by any other single factor. Effective teachers appear to be effective with students of all achievement levels, regardless of the level of heterogeneity in their classrooms."
This study shows that effective teachers impact the students" learning paths. We need to provide for our teachers, so that the students have the best path laid for them and their importance in the future.

Contention Two: Teachers struggle to make ends meet.
Teacher pay cannot support them.
Teachers are severely underpaid in an extremely important profession. There are teachers living in below poverty wages in several states and wages have begun to stagnate yet again.
In Montana teachers are paid in an average starting pay of $24,758 which after taxes comes to about $18,000 dollars. This is before state and other deductions are taken out. South Dakota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho all have starting wages below $30,000. These wages all come out to below or just above the poverty threshold in each state. This completely wrong in a profession that should be greatly admired.
Teachers are not only paid below poverty ,but are not paid enough to meet the cost of living. The cost of living in the US is $28,474 after taxes. This is ridiculous. Illinois is the first state in ranking to pay teachers enough to meet this, $37,176. This means 35 states dont pay teachers enough to meet the cost of living in their states. Over half of teachers do not make enough to live. This is unjust and should not be allowed to continue.

B. Many teachers get second jobs to support themselves.
Nearly a third of Texas teachers work a second job during the school year "to support themselves and their families," according to a survey by the Texas State Teachers Association.Whatever the figure, it"s clear that teachers are expected to work a lot of extra hours without compensation. According to NEA reports, the average teacher works about 12 hours a week outside of class grading papers, making lesson plans, doing lunchroom duty, and other job-related responsibilities. More than 40% of teachers report working over 60 hours a week. More than a quarter of teachers say they have a second job on top of all that in order to make ends meet. Not only are starting salaries relatively low. As they gain experience, teachers earn salary increases slower and is lower than other professions. The average income for a U.S. worker with at least a four-year degree is 50% higher than the average for a teacher with ten years of experience. In the 2015-16 salary ranking by, an experienced education major with a master"s ranked 241st in a list of advanced degrees, behind accounting, nursing, marketing, and civil engineering. Another study put pay for teachers with ten years of classroom experience behind non-college employees including truck drivers, flight attendants, and sheet metal workers.Brosz took the three-night a week job at the gym after his teaching salary was frozen, summer school was reduced drastically, and the state bonus for board certified teachers was cut. He figures that he and his wife, also a teacher, are making about $20,000 less teaching than expected to, combined. "The second job was to get back what was lost through cuts," said Brosz, a nationally board certified teacher. "It was tougher and tougher to make ends meet. I started personal training because it's flexible hours." Second jobs are not a new phenomenon for teachers, who have historically been paid less than other professionals. In 1981, about 11 percent of teachers were moonlighting; the number has risen to about one in five. They are bartenders, waitresses, tutors, school bus drivers and even lawnmowers.
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Posted by jo154676 1 year ago
Whether or not they deserve it is irrelevant to the fact that there is not enough funding in state or town budgets to pay teachers a better wage.
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