No way should a teacher be paid as a factory worker!
No way should a teacher have to have a part time job to provide a stable, middle class life style for their family.
And, no way should teachers be the most frequent users of payday lending services.
Teachers in countries that out perform the United States are compensated as professional, essential contributors to their communities.
The step and lane compensation systems, developed in 1921, operative in every state are derivative from manufacturing plants of the 18th and 19th century, including the time clocks that regulated how much piece workers were paid.
Even more disgusting are teachers having to work 18 to 20 years before they reach the top salary scale in a meager compensation schedule. This is like Waiting for Godot. Meanwhile millions of dollars are socked away in pension and retirement programs that do not support teacher recognition and retention efforts.
Teacher unions and associations exist to bring home the dollars that elected officials refuse to deliver. Now, some are bellowing that teacher unions are the archenemy of public education and the right to bargain for benefits should be outlawed. Athletes, sanitation workers, police and fire fighters, nurses and doctors, airline pilots, and social workers are not the subject of such assault.
There is widespread consensus that the growth and development of children is the most important activity confronting every community. And, the research is compelling in its conclusion that highly effective teachers are the most important element in accelerating student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and preparing knowledge workers for the 21st century. So not paying teachers for their value to the futures of communities and the nation is counter intuitive.
Innovation in teacher compensation schedules is way over due. The starting premise must be paying the best and brightest $100,000 a year to educate our most precious citizens. If not, why not?