From Teacher’s Point of View: “In order to be a teacher, a person has to achieve a minimum of 6 years of college (due to the law requiring a Master’s degree). If a person deciding on a career is choosing a job, why would they consider one that requires more money for schooling, more time commitment for education and training, but less pay. If you could go to college for 4 years (or no years), and make the same money as someone that must invest in 6 years, why go 6 years. If teacher pay does not stay competitive, young people with promise will not pursue a teaching career. I fear then that the smartest, and the ones with the most promise, will choose other jobs. I feel education needs to bring in the best to teach our children. You have a right to disagree with all that, and I can respect that.”
The Teachers are not at the heart of the education expense. (Yes, I know that about 75 to 80% of the school budget is driven by human costs!). The issue is with our state and federal requirements for minimum education for teachers, administrators and others who work within the school districts.
Loadstar mentioned paying a PE teacher 87k/year. Before people laugh at that, please look at the different pay scales for teachers within the state of Conn. Also pay attention to the upper end of those pay ladders and add in department chair as additional baselines to what a teacher can earn.
Before everyone jumps on me, please understand that given the minimum education (6 years) and holding a Masters degree along with continued education requirements someone who has 20 to 25 years in an industry with a minimum of a Masters is making that or much more! I think that education is critical to helping someone be able to have the intelligence to understanding to educate today’s children.
Take a look at what the State of Connecticut requires for someone to be certified within this state to teach. Once you get this as a baseline, take a look at other states and their minimum requirements and you will see that this is a State Level problem. CT is one of the hardest to get certified in to teach in the US. Read the rest of this entry »