If you want higher wages for teachers, then you need fewer teachers soldiers.
FTFY -- DU
Teachers are just reg. people and they are earnest. Granted.
But, their professional ideals were captured by oddball, neo-scientific jackasses starting in the 1920s-30s, and it got worse after WWII. I just don't know how any decent commonsense person could subscribe to the laughable and even disturbing claptrap that goes for pedagogy today.
Any intelligent 3 or 4 sets of parents could go out and hire two daily tutors for their combined passle of kids, and end up paying out about a fourth or fifth of the insane $10-12K per head per annum that the abysmal school districts are spending.
Teahcers Get Paid TOO Much!
Teachers get paid TOO much...I'm fed up with teachers and their hefty salary schedules. WHat we need here is a little perspective.
If I had my way, I'd pay these teachers myself-I'd pay them babysitting wages. That's right-instead of paying these outragous taxes, I'd give them $3 an hour out of my own pocket. And I'm only going to pay them for five hours, not coffee breaks. That would be $15 a day. Each parent should pay $15 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their child. Even if they have more than one child, it's still a lot cheaper than private day care.
Now, how many children do they teach every day-maybe 20? THat's $15x20=$300 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I am not going to pay them for all those vacations! $300x180=$54,000. (Just a minute, I think my claculator needs new batteries.)
I know now you teachers will say-what about those who have 10 years experience and a mster's degree? Well, maybe (to be fair) they could get the minimum wage, and instead of just baby-sitting, they could read the kids a story. We could round that off to aobut $5 an hour, times five hours, times 20 children. That's $500 a day times 180 days. THat's $90,000...HUH?!?
Wait a minute, let's get a little perspective here. Baby-sitting wages are too good for these teachers. Did anyone see a salary schedule around here?
Please come visit my kids' publicly-funded "inner city" charter school. The teachers (unionized govt. employees) are dedicated and follow a rigorous curriculum. Most of the kids are reading by the time they're halfway through kindergarten. Taken as an average, the kids' test scores are always in the top 10% for the state. Under-performing children are not expelled—they are helped.
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