***Talk to Me Tuesday is one day a week on Moments that Define Life devoted to those tough, funny, and just plain gossipy topics we all like to chat with each other about at the water cooler, you know, if we still had jobs. But since many of us are at-home professionals OR we just don’t have that opportunity because we actually have a lot to do at our day jobs, this is our virtual water cooler time.
Just remember that this is a “to each their own” type of talk – you can respectfully disagree with my opinion or that of others – just don’t take out the fun by being rude.
I recently came across a post on my facebook page about teaching salaries. It took the approach of showing what a teacher’s salary would be if we paid them hourly per child – as we might do with our babysitters. And the numbers of course, were astronomical compared to a teacher’s actual salary. Somewhere around $200,000-$300,000 dollars if you paid a low hourly rate, per child. And when you look at it that way, it’s a pretty interesting point. Teachers on average only make $40,000-$50,000 per year nationwide which is actually difficult to live on if you are on your own. If you’re interested in reading the more specific breakdown of this post it’s below. I had it posted here originally and decided it was a bit too much to read through. So my perspective is below on this Talk to Me Tuesday – please take a moment and sound off in the comment section – I would love your point of view.
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As a teacher, I would love a $200,00 or $300,00 paycheck…who wouldn’t? Hello cute shoes!
But the truth is, I didn’t get into this profession for the money. I got into it to make a difference in the lives of kids who grew up like I did. I wanted to give those who were often neglected , in need of genuine care and guidance a leg up. And for those who were more fortunate, a reason to be inspired by learning.
I was also drawn in by the “control of my own domain” element…..
Because I’m a little bit Type-A…..but that’s not the point.
As for pay….
I would like to see a teacher have a wage that they can actually make ends meet on.
I would like to see a wage that shows we are valued more than having to just “survive” .
I would like to see a salary that says, “Hey, we totally get that you are teaching and guiding the future leaders of our country.”
My story is a little less trying than other teachers. I married shortly after leaving college and started out as a teacher and life as an “adult” with a dual income.So, I have never had to face a single income life on a paltry teacher’s salary.
There were those “poor college kid” years….but that’s a right of passage no?
My counterparts, many of them were single and struggling and literally living on Ramen noodles, $2 in their bank accounts with 5 days still ahead of them until pay day. And that…..
Should. Not. Happen.
And let me just say, that these were not teachers who lived the high life and blew through their money. They paid their mortgages because home ownership was important to them, they covered their car payments and as a result little else could be managed with utilities and grocery bills in the mix.
Add to that the times they took their own hard earned money to purchase supplemental materials for their classroom so the kids had what they needed and they were down even more.
How can you teach kids who don’t have the essentials?
You would be surprised how many come to class without those basics and how little some school districts can provide you – I’ve taught in my share being a military wife – and it varies – I’ve been able to get those extras at times from the schools, but more often than not, it’s the other way around.
So, what do the teachers do?
They buy it for them.
If you’re a teacher, you know you’ve done this more times than you can count.
So the question remains, what are we worth?
What are the educators of our nation’s future worth?
Maybe not a $300,000 salary…..you know, because we get summers off and stuff.
But we are worth much more than we are getting now.
Sound off! What are your thoughts on today’s teachers? How do you feel about the values placed on our education system and the fact that education budgets are often the first ones cut?