A recent NY Times article suggested that K-12 teachers should start out at 65k/year, making up to 150k. Many people agree that teachers don’t make enough for what they do, but I don’t think we should raise their salaries out of “fairness” or pity. We should raise their salaries out of concern for our children.
The School of Education at my University has one of the lowest required GPAs on campus. I have taught in the School of Ed for the past two years and have met some amazing students. There have also been quite a few who have come in thinking, “well, I don’t really know about teaching, but it seems easy enough.” Fortunately they were all bright enough to realize by the end of the semester that A-Teaching was NOT the right career for them, or B-Teaching is indeed very challenging but they still want to do it.
Schools of Education like mine should have MUCH higher standards. The only way they can do that, however, is to increase the demand. Pay them more.
Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That’s my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet. ~Sam Seaborn
I don’t know how to do it either. A friend suggested that abolishing unions and getting rid of tenure in K-12 could help pay for it. What do you think?