Well, I visited the NEA website (National Educ Association) and it’s pretty plain to see why education is so lousy in this country. It’s the pay!
In 1940, a typical male hs teacher made about 3.6% MORE than a guy with a degree in a different field. By 2000, the other guy made 60% more.
So, the ‘No Child Left Behind’ and all that is just a crock. Its the pay – raise the damn pay!![/quote]
Something to consider:
Personally, I’ve forgone a lot of money in industry to return to graduate school and pursue a career in education, despite the wide variance in pay.
If money is the sole motivator to someone to excel at their CHOSEN career path, then I’d suggest that someone choose a different career.
As adults, we research and know the financial potential(s) w/in the field(s) in which we pursue; to enter into that career and assume he/she is more deserving in wealth is an exercise in ignorance and greed.
My mother spent her entire life as an elementary school teacher, and she’d often express her love for her role in helping to educate young children. It’s my opinion that many genuine teachers would, of course, prefer to make a lot more money, however, those same genuinely great treachers would likely take offense by the contention that they’re “oath of poverty” makes them a poor educator.
[btw, it’s an inside joke that academicians refer to themselves taking an “oath of poverty” when they choose a career in education].
Hope this helps you see that not all problems in our society can, nor should be solved by randomly throwing money at people in hopes that it goes toward improving a situation. - chris