Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do--baby sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked, not any of that silly planning time. That would be $16.50 a day (8:00 AM to 3:30 (or so) PM with just 25 min. off for lunch). Each parent should pay $16.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. NOW... How many do they teach in a class, 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $495.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! We're not going to pay them for any vacations. LET'S SEE....That' s $585 x 180= $89,100 per year. What about those special teachers and the one s with master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage, and just to be fair, round it down to $7.00 an hour. That would be $7 x 5 1/2 hours (remember, no planning/preparing time) x 30 children x 180 days = $207,900 per year.
Wait a minute--there' s something wrong here! Average teacher salary (for a teacher with seniority!) $50,000/180 days = $277/per day/30 students = $9.23/6.5 hours = $1.68 per hour per student. A very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even try - with your help - to EDUCATE your kids!
WHAT A DEAL....And the parents don't even have to buy us pizza!
Silly, but you get the point. You really can't expect to get good professional effective teachers - and if you get them, to keep them - when they're starting at $36,000 or $40,000 after a college degree + 1-2 years extra...
Also, what this little scenario does not take into account is:
1. the TONS of extra hours worked by every single teacher.
2. the hundreds/thousands of dollars spent on the classroom. In my most expensive year, I spent $5,000 of my own money on supplies and field trips plus union dues (mandatory, even if you don't want to join the union) and professional development.