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Why is it that teachers get paid so little ?

I was wondering if teachers are so important and we need them to continue with our brain development and evolution why is it that we pay them so little ?

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Paul’s Answer

Because the government has under funded education in the United States.

When it comes to funding other domestic, international and military programs, we are placing a higher value on them, and we are substantially behind other countries, who place a higher value on education and academic programs within their populations.
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Enise’s Answer

Hello Jaylin,

Teachers are like our mothers, fathers, even our grands; unfortunately, due to gender inequality, social justice, and types of teaching contracts, all teachers are not in the same position.

Teacher is a job that is underrated, yet singers, actress/actors, and painters are the fields that are always being overrated in 20th and 21st generation.

Teachers are not seen their teaching arts, talents, and passions due to not being the higher position in the world. I wish teachers would be placed in higher positions in the fair world.
Teachers meant to be active on teaching, the way their hardworking teaching style meant to be seen.

Their future should not direct through teachers pension scheme. They will be retired soon or later, yet they should stay longer than other professions. Teachers should be paid higher and higher; the reason is that they made efforts more than any fields, and teaching is essential for everyone who have not learned something new in the world yet. All teachers should be paid equally. Teaching can be awarded as professors are awarded annually in the UK. This should be an example how people should be treated in this world.

We are the one that seek help all the time, but teachers are like our mothers and fathers that teach you how to solve problems, how to think critically, how to practice on seminars and lecture, and assisgnments and assesments.

Teaching must be challenging and undoubtedly hard, yet I must say teaching will always be a huge talent that can teach all students in most classrooms. Yet, most people do not realise that teachers talent are and will be present. Teachers' teaching is a unique talent that must be seen in public.

I hope this helps.
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Jacob’s Answer

It's a valid concern. The issue of teacher salaries is complex and varies depending on the region and education system. Several factors contribute to this situation, including budget constraints, government policies, and societal priorities. While teachers play a crucial role in shaping future generations, their compensation often doesn't reflect the full value of their work.

As a society, we need to recognize the significance of education and invest in it accordingly. By prioritizing education funding and advocating for better salaries for teachers, we can show our appreciation for their essential contributions to our brain development and the progress of society as a whole. Supporting initiatives that promote fair compensation for educators can make a positive impact on both the teaching profession and the quality of education our children receive.
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Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer

Jaylin,

Your question is incredibly insightful and it's one that doesn't have a straightforward answer. A great teacher has the power to transform a student's life, turning them into a precious asset for their community. However, there can be constraints on teacher salaries in certain school districts due to various factors.

My friends who chose teaching as their career were aware of these financial limitations. But their passion for education and their joy in interacting with students outweighed these constraints. This career provides them with a sense of profound purpose and immense gratification.

There are careers, like teaching and art, where the financial rewards may not be high. Yet, those who choose these paths often find immense satisfaction in the impact they make, such as nurturing students to reach their full potential. The joy they derive when others value their work can be immeasurable.

Are you contemplating a career in teaching?
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Tess’s Answer

To add to the above, if you are passionate about teaching, remember there are a few options you can do to supplement/optimize for a higher salary, as well as additional points to consider.

While salary is unfortunately overall low for teachers, remember that with teaching you typically have:
1) Career security (there is a shortage of teachers and therefore you have strong security in your role)
2) in many school districts there are still strong benefits such as pensions, strong health insurance

Ways to supplement/add to salary:
1) during summer break, which is often ~2-3 months, you can nanny/babysit/tutor/work at a camp...other ways to make additional money
2) Various school districts and schools pay differently; if income is a concern, make sure to look at a variety of options in the area you will be teaching at (e.g. Public School vs. Charter School, Urban vs. Suburban, Private...etc)
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