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Joe296 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 7:46 AM
Strange contradiction of principle of capitalism. If the people who come out of colleges of education are of such "low intellectual quality" and, according to critics, are so over compensated by the taxpayers, why are people of higher intellectual capacity not attracted to the profession? I thought that was the way capitalism is supposed to work.
Texas12 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 4:53 PM
Many wonderful teachers in my life but what keeps many college sstudents from becoming teachers are the mind-numbing often useless "education" courses. These "education courses" keep many hard science and math students from even trying to qualify as certified teachers. There should be more alternatives for non-education majors to qualify as elementary or high school teachers.
Kali_Fred Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 9:39 AM
The bottom 25% of HS grads that go to college go to schools of education. Prove me wrong.

Over compensated does not mean you make a lot of money. There is definite ceiling to the money that can be made teaching. Many other professions have higher (or no) ceilings.

Besides, as a group sales people make the money - they typically aren't all that brilliant - just talk a great game...
Raymond, (Ret) Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 8:29 AM
Because they are not motivated by monetary compensation as much as your question assumes and because their intellectual capability informs them that to be appreciated such compensation should be earned?
Bob F. RVN70-71 Wrote: Jun 20, 2012 8:04 AM
People of higher intellectual capacity are not attracted to teaching because they could not stand to work in a stifling bureaucracy. Capitalism DOES work - in private schools. The public school system is anything BUT capitalistic.

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Many people may have voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because of his charisma. But anyone familiar with the disastrous track record of charismatic political leaders around the world in the 20th century should have run for the hills when they encountered a politician with charisma.

What is scarier than any particular political policy or issue is the widespread tendency to treat political issues as personal contests in talking points -- competitive skill in fencing with words -- rather than as serious attempts to find out what the facts are and what the options are.