Teachers Make Too Much Money?
Monday, August 03, 2015
This is an oldie, but goodie. I'm going to repeat the original, then update it!
Who's ever heard someone else complain that teachers just make too much money? One wise sage said that a teacher should be paid babysitting wages. If each family paid $3.00 an hour for 5 hours, that would be $15.00. Then, there's about 20 students in each class, so $15 x 20 = $300. Then teachers work 180 days a year, so $300 x 180 = $54,000.
Apparently, at the time, this was an incredible amount of money. Let's see what it looks like on TODAYS scale:
Babysitters charge $10/hour in my community, so
$10/hour x 6 hours a day = $60
Average classroom size today is 25 students, so
$60 x 25 = $1, 500
My current contract stipulates that I work 185 days this year, so
$1,500 x 185 = $277,500
Well now! Maybe if more teachers were paid a salary like THIS, we would be able to afford to pay more into our health insurance and retirement funds the way politicians want us to do.
To further put things in perspective, the average teacher's salary in the United States is $58,260.
$58,260 divided by 185 days of work = $314.92
$314.92 divided by 25 students in a class = $12.60
$12.60 divided by 6 hours per day = $2.10
The average teacher is getting paid $2.10 an hour. That isn't even minimum wage.
Teachers are professionals. We have to go to college to earn a degree, and many of us have continued our professional education and have earned a second degree. Many of us are required to earn Professional Development Hours every year we are teaching. The usual requirement is 20 hours a year. We have to take exams to earn our teaching certificates. Why is it that teachers continue to be paid what is equivalent to substandard pay, especially compared to other professions?
I hope this gives you food for thought.