Since there simply more money in the professional sports like football, you can understand that they would get paid deserving of what is put in by the audience. Teachers don't have millions of screaming fans telling them how to do their job, sadly.
(If the average teacher position was limited to even higher education requirements or those showing higher promise.) If schools were more specific on who they hired as teachers, then I think the average position would perform deserving of a higher salary. This would be a good idea for the USA since I have found many teachers to be under-performing in the position.
Are teachers undervalued and athletes overvalued? Yes
Are teachers underpaid and athletes overpaid? No
The state of education in America is continually criticized and teachers are often the ones blamed, yet ready are expected to do much more than teach with no compensation for these duties that they do because they believe in their students. Most teachers make less per year than many athletes make in one game. If major league sports would agree with players' unions to take one percent of the contracts that are negotiated and donate it to local schools, it wouldn't change the lifestyle of the athletes at all, but could be used to attract people who choose not to teach, even though they want to, because of the low salaries.
We think athletes are over paid because they earn 252 million which is much more than what teachers make and other hard working employees in a year or less. Also, why do they earn so much when they mostly just entertain the public. They shouldnt get paid that much money!
I believe that teachers are underpaid and under-valued when compared to the exorbitant salaries paid to professional athletes. Teachers are molding and educating our future generations, which has a much more lasting effect to our nation's existence than a professional athlete. It seems ridiculous that an athlete makes millions of dollars per game or match, and our nation's teachers must have two and three jobs besides teaching just to live. It's a total disgrace.
In the article “Do Professional Athletes Get Paid Too Much Money?” by Mihir Bhagat, argues that even though it takes a tremendous number of hours of hard work and dedication daily to earn a job in professional sports, these people do nothing more than entertaining the general public. Therefore, they do not value of one’s work in society to earn the money that they shouldn't be earning. For example, according to the article it states “Professional athletes are making too much money in a society where salaries and wages are traditionally based on the value of one's work. In today's society, one should be paid according to the job’s economic importance and their value to society. Teaching is one of the most economically important occupations because our future economy relies on the education of its youth, yet teachers are paid astronomically less than the average professional athlete is. In fact, each basket Kobe Bryant scores earns him equivalent to the average classroom teacher’s yearly salary.”(2) This expresses that a teacher gives a student the gift of knowledge, teaching them day by day helping the student almost all the time. Giving the student the choice to do something great with their life. Whether or not the student decides to do something with this chance is up to them. On the other hand professional athletes have little or no interaction with their fans. All they do is play and entertain the society. Another example is that according to article “Obviously, what these individuals must not be aware of is the most important man in our nation, the president, who makes critical decisions that affect the entire world every day, only makes $400,000 a year. While President Obama is hard at work reviving the economy, the unproven rookie in the MLB is earning way over that figure. Furthermore, police officers, firefighters, and doctors save lives while risking their own for a fraction of what sports stars make. People in the military leave their families at home to defend and protect the country knowing they may never return. It's truly a pity that none of these true heroes are given the same recognition by society as athletes such as Brett Favre or Michael Jordan are given.”(2) This illustrates that even the man who runs the country earns that much money as professional athletes do. Also, police officers, and firefighters are risking their lives daily aren’t making close to as much money as professional athletes are just to play a sport.
And the reason why athletes are waaaaay overpaid and the teachers underpaid is... THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES!!!!! The sports fanatics, and nobody else. They're soooo obsessed with sports. They go to the stadium. They watch it on TV. They purchase expensive sports team merchandise. Hundreds of millions of Americans have put priorities in the WRONG place. Crowds of 100000-1000000+ can gather together to celebrate their hometown's sports team success at e.g. World Series, but NOT for educational system reform or environmental issues. America and Roman Empire are similar that they're soooo obsessed with sports, and both are destined to fall. People, boycott ALL the professional sports, by NOT going to stadiums, NOT buying sports teams merchandise, NOT discussing sports extensively and TERMINATE subscriptions to ALL sports TV channels. By doing so, athletes' salaries will go down. And those extra money can be spent on bettering the education system and increasing teachers' wages. If the current trend of America continues, they'll see countries like China and India rising high above them, with their excellent education system. While American kids are busy working to be the next Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps or Lance Armstrong, their peers in China and India are busy working to be the next Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates or Neil Armstrong. A 25-year-old American adult lives like a 10-year-old kid; whereas a 12-year-old Chinese or Indian kid lives like he's 30.
"The United States have become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance."
Wtf is wrong with America? Because of this huge disparity America is spending into something that contribute almost nothing to the nation's development while China and India are investing hugely in education and research. No wonder America is falling behind. Teachers give knowledge and lessons to the next generation of people and leaders yet only earned $80k per year max. While an NBA star can earn $80M a year throwing a ball into hoops for 48 minutes per game. An average NFL player earns more money per game than the yearly income of all the teachers in an average elementary school put together. America should fix this or else, it's doomed.
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Most athletes are overpaid and teachers underpaid. However, athletes in schools attract sponsorships which in turn produce a lot of money for the school. This money should go to them because they are the ones that are playing the game. I think it is a shame that we cannot afford to pay the teachers better.
I do not know that teachers in a lot of districts need to be paid more. But I do know that athletes and other celebrities are making too much money and charging too much for the tickets to their performances and competitions. So yes, the athletes are overpaid for playing a game.
Athletes work a ton harder than teachers. Imagine going to the weight room everyday, lifting weights that weigh fifty lbs or more. That is extremely strenuous on the human body, and it is all to entertain the people. Not to mention injuries that could cost them to not do what they love.
Athletes are paid by private organizations. Those organizations profit from ticket sales, TV views, merchandise sales, etc. Of all of that profit, the majority must go to those who create the entertainment-the athletes and staff of the sports franchise.
Who else would the money go to? Some would say charity, but do we really have the right to steal the majority of somebody's salary because we don't think they contribute enough to society? Obviously not. They are paid a lot because people find them entertaining, and pay to watch them. By saying they are overpaid, we are also saying that actors, directors, musicians, magicians, comedians, talk show hosts, etc. are also overpaid. What happens when we take away all of their money? The entertainment industry drastically declines.
Before the NFL was popular, players didn't make very much at all. Many great college players would pass up the NFL to pursue a career that made more money (I believe this was the 20s to the 50s). If we began taking their money away, we would see that again. As I said earlier, the logic that money should be taken from athletes also correlates with the logic that money should be taken from all other people who profit from entertainment careers. This is why the entertainment industry would crash. The actors would suck because only those who desperately need cash would act. Same goes for musicians, directors, athletes, etc.
Teachers are paid by the government, not private organizations, like the athletes. If the average salary of teachers were to be increased, our debt would increase, and possibly dramatically so. On top of that, teaching is not necessarily a hard job. In some cases the children can be difficult, but how many careers don't have the occasional difficulty? Not that many. I have two aunts that teach, and both love it. Neither make much money, and they don't complain.
On top of that, teachers get summer break, christmas break, spring break, thanksgiving break, and in some schools fall break. No career should be paid for the time that they get off annually.
On the surface, it does seem that teachers are underpaid and athletes are overpaid. But when you really get deep into the facts of the discussion, there is really no other way it can be, unless of course people begin to ignore sports. You don't like that athletes are paid a lot? Protest sports, not their salary.