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  • Eliminate the National Education Association

    Teachers in Washington D.C. Were offered more money in exchange for not accepting tenure, a benefit the NEA requires. Unfortunately, it was struck down by the NEA. The NEA has far too much power for a labor union that is an impediment on our national education system. After two years a teacher can accept tenure, a benefit that makes them virtually impossible to fire. I think schools should be free to offer the option to accept more pay in exchange for your tenure. I'm sure most school systems would do it and most teachers would accept more money. I would like to see teachers get paid more, but I do not like seeing them become impossible to eliminate if they prove to be a bad teacher that shouldn't get paid at all. Tenure is basically permission for a teacher to become lazy because the school can't fire them and the school system has to pay them otherwise the NEA will get on their case. Schools shouldn't get treated like that.

    Before we can talk about pay raises and reform in our education system we need to get rid of the cancerous tumor inflicted on it which is the NEA. The NEA has been rightfully accused of putting the interests of teachers ahead of students and for consistently opposing changes that experts claim would help students but harm union interests.

  • Teachers deserve more credit

    Teachers get paid way too little. They are the foundation of our future. Without our teachers you couldn't be that doctor, or the lawyer, scientist, or even athlete. We hardly give them any credit. You have parent nagging on them and students treating them poorly. Teaching is a difficult job and they should be paid more.

  • They're more valuable than athletes!

    Teachers are paid nothing compared to an athlete, which does not go down easily for some people. Why am I making this comparison? Dan McLaughlin (on mises.Org) wrote an article on this. He said it was a matter of scarcity. Not many people have the talent that professional athletes have. They’re paid for their rare talent, whereas anyone can be a teacher (though not necessarily in a school or university). Teachers deserve to be paid more because they have to work a lot and they hardly get a break. Truth is, teachers work more than their students no matter how much work is given to the students. There is a religion that believes that a person who teaches you something no matter the quantity or size, the amount you owe them is equal to your life!

  • Teachers get paid too little

    Teachers get paid not nearly enough for what they do to help the leaders of tomorrow and the way they make kids learn in school , its what makes kids have knowledge so that they can get jobs in todays modern society, it is necessary for us to have children have an education.

  • There are really passionate teachers! THEY DESERVE BETTER!

    Teachers do not get paid near enough to do all that is expected of them. The best teachers go above and beyond because they care about their students. Teachers work all the time and often have to buy their own supplies. A higher salary would also guarantee more qualified applicants for the positions. This is why teachers should be payed more.

  • Teachers get emotionally unstable

    Bad students, grading work, planning the next few weeks in a few hours, all of these lead to stress. Teachers are putting up with so much as well as personal substances. They are putting their self's at risk of some serious health issues just to teach students of whatever grade of their choice. Teachers should get paid more for all the after hours they put into the STUDENTS work. A teacher's job, believe it or not, is mostly due outside of the school. The building is just where they put it in action...

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  • Teachers are awesome!

    I mean like all teachers have jobs to help us learn and get us to coraperate! AND they like NEVER have time with their families! All they do is grade, grade, grade and guess what-? GRADE SOME MORE! Kids don't listen and play around! We need to tell them how AWESOME they are!
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  • No Question about it.

    Education is vitally important to the well-being of any nation, yet Americans treat it as though it is a job anyone can do- and it's showing in our world standings.

    In most states, teachers must have not only a state certification but a Master's Degree to teach- yet the average starting teacher makes less than the average Assistant Manager at a Target. The only way to get paid more as a teacher is to get older- there is no merit-based pay system. And teachers are so heavily disrespected in our society (by parents, by other professions, by the students) that the job is thankless and grueling. The "three month vacation" that so many ignorant folks like to claim teachers get is a myth- all but three weeks of the average teacher's summer is taken up by conferences, meetings, continuing education, curriculum development and planning. Since three weeks is the average vacation time accrued by most full time employees, their free time is in no way out of sync. Never mind that they don't get PAID during these summers. (I never knew a teacher under 45 that didn't have a summer job as well as his or her teaching job). Teachers also work the standard 8 hour work day, then in most cases stay after for after-school help or proctoring detentions, running clubs, or coaching. In addition, they bring home several hours worth of homework to grade, or must create lesson plans for the next week and write examinations.

    Those who complain about the quality of educators have no further to look than the pay scale itself, even more so than the work and the disrespect they face. A study was done a couple years ago by Rutgers that polled the top ten percent of the graduating class of fifteen top colleges. They asked these students- the best in their areas of study- how many would consider becoming teachers as the pay scale currently stood. Less than 10% showed interest. When asked if they would be interested in teaching if the pay was commensurate to other fields requiring the same education level (like engineering), that number went up to 60%. To pay teachers the same wages as unskilled retail workers then expect miraculous results with our children is not only absurd, but will guarantee that you don't get the best and brightest in the field.

    To anyone who thinks teaching is easy and anyone can do it- I dare you to go sign up to substitute teach at your local high school or junior high. You couldn't pay me enough to put up with that crap.

  • Teachers do a lot for us...

    Being a teacher is hard. They are the foundation of our future. With a teacher, you can't be a doctor, or a lawyer, scientist, or even an athlete. People act like teachers are nothing. But in reality, they're everything. We wouldn't be where we are now without them. Sure they choose it as a career, knowing what they are getting themselves into, but they choose it because they want to help change the world

  • They should get paid more.

    They should get paid more because they work hard on their job and teach kids.Teachers help kids have a better future.In conclusion,teachers deserve to be paid more because they work hard for children to get their education and get a better life and have good cost for their future. Thank you!

  • There jus teachers

    They are not smart. There are stupid. They are dumb. They are nor supposed to be teachers. They are really mean...... Nah Just kidding.. Teachers are the best..They should get paid way more.. They teach kids for the real world. When they grow up they will need a job and the teachers are there to help them..

  • No one is forced to be teacher

    Teaching is a choice like any other profession. If there are a lot people willing to teach at a particular pay rate, then it is prudent to pay that rate and no more. If everyone who teaches at a rate that is unacceptable to themselves were to stop teaching, then I suppose there would be a shortage and pay rates would go up. But, teachers teach because of the passion for what they do, and I think that is admirable. However, this "feeling good" about what they do, is a reward that enables them to be paid less. Look at his another way. If I need someone to perform X, and I can get that for $Y, why would I pay $(Y+n) even if I value it higher than they do. Look, teachers, if you have skills that are valuable in a non-education setting, find out what they are worth and decide if you can live with the difference. Asking for reward "just because" is foolish since the easy answer is always "because I don't have to".

  • They work 10 months a year...

    They have an automatic 2 month vacation, work roughly 210 a year, and receive great benefits. No they do not deserve a raise. They have ample opportunity to work and make extra money but most choose not too. I also believe that you know the pay going in but decide afterwards you deserve a 50% plus raise..... I don't think so.

  • They Should Absolutely Not Be Paid Higher

    Teachers don't do back-breaking work or work from dawn to dusk like those who work on minimum wage to support their families. One might say this is the person's fault who decided to work minimum wage in the first place, however, it's not one's fault who are immigrants or the economy hit them hard and now they have no choice. Teachers got a chance to go to college and got their jobs for granted. Moreover, teachers do not save people's lives like a doctor or nurse. I know doctors and nurses that make only $800 a week working full time as compared to teachers who make $1000, working only five days a week. Do your research and you will find teachers are paid surprisingly high, especially in states such as NY and California. In the end, too, no one told anyone to become a teacher. Additionally, teachers and school do not technically "teach" or create people, people are the ones who create who they are through personal experiences.

  • Yes teachers should get paid more than they do.

    Every day teachers watch your children, play with them, joke with them, feed them and most of all they are the people who teach your children how to be a mature and grown adult. When they become a doctor or a lawyer or even a singer/songwriter, that is all because of there teachers on the past. Teachers are the ones who create the future. Without them there would be no jobs unless a child has a natural talent in something.

  • Teachers deserve to be paid more

    Most people who disagree say that teachers only work 6 to 10 months a year but this is actually a lot of time, they could have been spending time with their family but instead they just teach for most of the time. This is not really fair and they totally deserve to be paid more.

  • Why should they?

    Teachers are glorified babysitters and whenever they bring up how righteous their career's are they always talk about how little they are paid. These same teachers agreed to the terms of their contracts just like any other employee working for any other business. If you believe you are owed more than you should negotiate more. Complaining about how much you make while also accepting those terms is plain ridiculous. If you want a better paying job get a better education. 1 out of 3 people over the age of 25 in the USA have a Bachelors degree or higher. If you feel are owed a more competitive salary than you need to have more competitive skills. The old adage rings true here. "Those than can do, those that can't teach." You aren't owed anything in life stop complaining and being a victim you aren't helpless and unlike other jobs like the military you can quit at any time and free to pursue other forms of employment. I would rather not have people who feel "victimized" by a non-coerced decision they willing made to be teaching the next generation.

  • Why should they?

    Teachers are glorified babysitters and whenever they bring up how righteous their career's are they always talk about how little they are paid. These same teachers agreed to the terms of their contracts just like any other employee working for any other business. If you believe you are owed more than you should negotiate more. Complaining about how much you make while also accepting those terms is plain ridiculous. If you want a better paying job get a better education. 1 out of 3 people over the age of 25 in the USA have a Bachelors degree or higher. If you feel are owed a more competitive salary than you need to have more competitive skills. The old adage rings true here. "Those than can do, those that can't teach." You aren't owed anything in life stop complaining and being a victim you aren't helpless and unlike other jobs like the military you can quit at any time and free to pursue other forms of employment. I would rather not have people who feel "victimized" by a non-coerced decision they willing made to be teaching the next generation.

  • Its not true

    If you are a techer you would be mad and techers help you learn everything
    you
    would be very mad if somewon says your a nd you dont deserve a lot of money i dont know who you are but i know that you are very mean and not nice to techers

  • What skills do they have?

    I am a former teacher. They should not be paid more. I left because the teaching profession has other issues, not pay. The market value of teachers is based on skills needed to fulfill the role. What skills do teachers have? Classroom management? Not most of them. Subject expertise? Not valuable. For example, 8th grade math expertise has little market value. Creating and executing lesson plans? Market value of an office assistant. Any kind of measured performance outcomes? Very few teachers, and there has been no measurable improvement for decades. The ability to understand and use technology? Surprisingly many teachers do not have this. Are they working for the government? Immediate pay reduction. Do they have the fine motor medical skills of a nurse? Then their pay should be below nurse. Do they have the technical knowledge and skills of an engineer? Then they should be paid less.

    Instead of looking at teacher pay, the job itself should be looked at. Restructure so a teacher never needs to work more than 8 hours. Reduce teacher busywork/paperwork. Eliminate required extracurricular activities. Look at a teacher more as the professional than the "fluffy educator teaching the future of the world!". Focus on the outcome. As sad as this next part is, I believe that there also needs to be separation between teaching and caring for the well-being of the children. Other roles in life and education should fullfill that. Let the teacher teach.


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