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[EAN: Teachers are NOT underpaid; especially when  you consider that they spend much of their time indoctrinating children with the latest Leftist crusade. Kids may not be able to read but they can certainly tell you about recycling, saving the planet, anti-bullying, date rape culture, white privilege, etc., etc., ad nauseum.  For the past 70 years, the cost of education has gone up, up and up. However, the quality has gone down. In two years, the teachers will take to the streets, like they do every 2 years, to, again, complain that they "just can't take it anymore".]

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 FEE

Salaries lag in some states, but nationally, wages and benefits outpace the private sector.

Recent protests across the country have reinforced the perception that public school teachers are dramatically underpaid. They’re not: the average teacher already enjoys market-level wages plus retirement benefits vastly exceeding those of private-sector workers. Across-the-board salary increases, such as those enacted in Arizona, West Virginia, and Kentucky, are the wrong solution to a non-problem.

About half of teachers major in education, among the least-rigorous fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Incoming education majors have lower SAT or GRE scores than candidates in other fields, but—thanks to grade inflation—they enjoy the highest GPAs.

Contrary to myth, teachers are generally not foregoing higher salaries by staying in the classroom. Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation show that teachers who change to non-teaching jobs take an average salary cut of about 3 percent. Studies using administrative records in Florida, Missouri, Georgia, and Montana showed similar results; the Georgia study found “strong evidence that very few of those who leave teaching take jobs that pay more than their salary as teachers.”


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