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The Education Blob

In the Majority Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 3:00 PM
Play with numbers: But today American teachers average more than $50,000 a year. To get that figure, assume that a teacher retires at age 50 and lives for 40 years; add the present value of 40 years of pension costs to the salary. Then, for kicks and grins, add $10,000/year to "represent the value of tenure". Wallah! Average teacher salaries are in the stratosphere. If you are looking at a paycheck, teacher salaries are $20,000 - $40,000/year, depending on number of years teaching, and where in the country you live.
DinCO Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 3:13 PM
Wrong, wrong, wrong. The beginning teacher in most metropolitan areas of this country START at approximately $30,000 per year. With benefits (health care, retirement, etc.) averaging another $10,000 to $12,000. The average teacher's salary is closer to $45,000 to $50,000 with benefits averaging $12,000 to $15,000 per year. Although this is off the point a bit, these salaries represent the actual pay which still allows teachers to take nearly 3 months off in the summers - which with an industrious teacher allows them to earn additional money.
Dancing Bear Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 9:03 PM
So right on Dinco. Agreed. These little whiners should grow up.
Pat1392 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 11:31 PM
Most parents would love to have babysitters 12 months a year---kids need time away and, frankly, so did I.
Since progressives want government to run health care, let's look at what government management did to K-12 education. While most every other service in life has gotten better and cheaper, American education remains stagnant.

Spending has tripled! Why no improvement? Because K-12 education is a virtual government monopoly -- and monopolies don't improve.

In every other sector of the economy, market competition forces providers to improve constantly. It's why most things get better -- often cheaper, too (except when government interferes, as in health care).

Politicians claim that education and health care are different -- too important to leave to market...