Art Clemons on Tue, 8 Jul 2003 13:09:08 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Tech jobs and politics, and IT diploma mills

William H. Magill:
>This "underpaid" teachers myth is one of the best cons that the various
>Teachers Unions have managed to put across on the public for years.

I suspect your math is a little off. First, in most school districts, teachers have to take or are strongly encouraged to(read that as must) additional education for promotions or even just to remain in the same position. 2nd, do the math for yourself, unless a teacher seeks out additional work i.e. summer school or whatever, said teacher only has the amount paid per year as a base salary, and in this society, doing extra work for extra money is an accepted practice. Third, it's hard to see a real economic incentive to become a teacher. It's possible to make more money with the same amount of education except in perilous economic times, and it's not all that difficult either. Yet, we expect teachers to produce and encourage the genius and the idiot. Good teachers are worth a great deal more than paid, and even mediocre ones can usually earn more doing any of a variety of things.

one more comment, it's 10 months, not 9 months.

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