In the U.S., teachers make average salaries in the $40,000 - 45,000 range. But for one elite tutor in South Korea, teaching earns a wage comparable with that of a CEO or another captain of industry.
The right to public education might not be explicitly guaranteed under the Constitution, but equal access is covered under the 14th Amendment. What does this mean, in reality? Sometimes, not much. The quality of public education varies a lot from school district to district and even from school to school. Our schools do not deliver on the promise of public education – and therefore equal opportunity – for all students. Take, for instance, the persistent problems in the Detroit public school system, which this week inspired teachers to launch a sickout after the district announced it would run out of money to pay them in June.
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, there are still folks out there who think that teachers are fairly well paid. The truth is, they aren't. At least not when compared with other professionals who receive equivalent education and training. Despite the extremely important nature of the work, teachers often need to take on second or even third jobs to make ends meet, which impacts both their students' learning and their own experience within the profession. So, for the sake of gaining some valuable perspective, let's take a look at a few workers that are paid better than teachers.
This morning, Tuesday, September 15, parents and students across Seattle woke up to the news that there would be no school again today. The teachers in the city are on strike, with huge consequences for families and kids, and for the teachers themselves. But, this strike isn't just about Seattle – it's about the state of the educational system in America, and it's about the way teachers are valued and treated. Here's what you need to know.