Adding more teachers and dropping class size ratios are great ideas, but how feasible are they?
My mother taught in the public school system. Many new teachers came in to the school system, taught for 5–10 years, then moved into higher paying administrative positions. This trend has continued for the past 30+ years.
Many teachers also get burned out within the first 5 years of teaching, quitting the teaching field and going to work in other fields.
Teachers took out student loans to pay for their teaching credentials, amassing $40,000 of debt for a job that starts out paying $25,000 a year. And if a teacher doesn’t want to have a seasonal summer job, then they have to opt to take a cut in their monthly pay, so they can receive a check during the summer.
My mother who worked for 34 years in the public school system and had 18 hours from her doctorates degree, made a monthly salary of a little over $2400.
I’ve said since the early 80s, that instead of actors and sports players making $250,000 yearly, we should pay our teachers instead. After all, if a teacher hadn’t taught Vick, Jordan, Byrd, Simpson, Manning, et al, they wouldn’t be able to have gone on to make a career out of sports.
And then we also have to look at why there are fewer young people who seek to pursue teaching degrees.
Public schools are over wrought with a handful of students who come to school on a daily basis who have such horrible home lives they act out during their school life. Kids who have been bullied so badly, they decided the only way to take care of that problem, is to kill those who have slighted them.
So now teachers not only have to fulfill their job as teacher and mentor, but do it while fearing drug dealers and possible murderers. And this is nothing new. It’s been going on since the 80s when being able to discipline students got tossed out the window.
Do I have any solutions to offer? Unfortunately, no, not any that would be immediate, anyway. And certainly not any that the majority of America would be willing to go along with, as it would require taxation increases. Sanders spoke of providing free college tuition in public college during his campaign, and we saw how well that went over, didn’t we?