Many Americans would agree that the teaching of young children is an important aspect in their lives. It is what will make them continue to grow and gain knowledge for the better of their future. With that being said, having a well educated teacher who is willing to put in effort to better kids’ education is essential. What has come to be an issue is the cut of teachers pay that could definitely come in terms to hurting that statement. Although many people have opposing views, in result of cutting teachers pay, teachers have come across obstacles in their everyday lives that take a toll on them out of their job as well. Ilana Kowarski, writer of Researchers Say Cutting Teacher Pay is Not the Solution for Economic Woes, mentioned when talking to a first grade teacher, “ I can’t afford to buy anything that isn’t a necessity. “ Along with other teacher’s statements, it displays how they really are affected by their pay not being high enough compared to other jobs. Giving people the awareness of the comments that teachers give regarding to their low pay will give the community an understanding of how education for all is essential, therefore cuts should not be made.
It is well known that politicians have had to in the past make decisions as to what cuts should be made to balance everything out when the recession hit. in terms of that, classrooms have to be altered due to the budget that was now accommodated. According to researchers, the policy that was made was ill-judged. “A few weeks ago, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a report, “Debunking the Myth of the Overcompensated Public Employee,” stating that public employees were underpaid, and that lowering their wages would be unwise” (Kowarski). The EPI demonstrates how lowering wages would not be a smart choice to make considering that public employees make up a lot of the majority jobs. “The EPI and others argue that cutting school budgets and teacher salaries will hurt the economy by giving teachers less spending power and students less earning power “ ( Kowarski). Economists have argued that by cutting the salaries of teachers will not benefit them because it can lead to them being unprepared due to the limits that they would have. As well as the students not having all the resources that they could have to reach to the best of their potentials. It would make it extremely difficult for teachers to be able to continue on being financially stable in the economy. In addition, “ Pay cuts and layoffs have discouraged talented students from becoming teachers, says K.C. Walsh, president of the Oak Grove Educators Association in California” (Kowarski). K.C Walsh gives an important statement when saying that due to pay cuts, it makes students, who are highly qualified, not want to pursue that career knowing that the salary would be extremely low compared to other jobs Not only does it take away opportunities to those who want to become teachers, but as well to the students who could benefit much more.
Another key factor that needs to be taken in consideration, is the opinion of the public who would want to better the education of children and not having teachers struggling and adding pressure to their lives. According to “Public Supports Higher Pay for Teachers,” By Cindy Long, “According to the “2009 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools,” They’re [ Americans] also in favor of higher starting salaries for public school teachers, to the tune of $43,000, about $7,000 more than the average starting salary of education majors graduating in 2009.” This goes to show how the majority of Americans agree with the fact that teachers should in fact be paid more than the average. In addition,” Seven out of 10 respondents also said they’d like a child of theirs to become a public school teacher — and with higher salaries, it’s a lot more likely that they will” (Long). The fact that people would want their child to become a teacher in the future shows how it is a well respected job, only a low salary makes it that much more difficult to be financially stable, which is a huge factor.
Many people believe that by not raising the teaching salary would actually be beneficial, or else it could result into hiring those with not the best qualities. Not only that, but also the belief that teachers already earn more than what is expected. Jason Richwine, in his article “Why We Shouldn’t Raise Teacher Pay” says, “ education — the degree held by around half of public school teachers — is among the least challenging fields of study. As measures of ability go, a degree in education cannot be equated with a degree in, say, computer science or engineering.” He is saying that because the degrees teachers get are not as difficult as those with computer science, is why they earn lower wages when compared. What is not being put in considerate, is that people strive for a degree in education because it is something they would enjoy to work around, not because it is an easier route to take. Taking in all the statements from different source, and although they are in different circumstances, understand how teaching plays a huge role in children and how they grow as knowledgeable people. It comes to show how teachers seem to struggle to spend on thing that they would enjoy to have, instead can barely go by with only getting things that are necessary. Salary cuts also limit the teachers from having the opportunity to possibly provide more for their students that will help them along with learning activities. The discouragement of people for staying away from becoming a teacher, though all requirements are met, just result into not helping students being able to reach to their full learning potentials.
Kowarski, I. (n.d.). Researchers Say Cutting Teacher Pay is Not the Solution for Economic Woes. Retrieved September 23, 2017,http://www.nea.org/home/41301....
Richwine, J. (2014, July 28). Why We Shouldn’t Raise Teacher Pay. Retrieved September 21, 2017, from http://thefederalist.com/2014/...
Long , C. (n.d.). Public Supports Higher Pay for Teachers. Retrieved September 21, 2017, from