Originally Posted by northeastbeast
I've said absolutely nothing at all about the equity of teachers' pay. In fact, one of the reasons I became a teacher was the level of starting salary(in Texas, if it matters).
I don't pretend that a teacher's job is harder than, say, a steelworker's. Ignoring the fact that teachers are expected to either teach summer school or engage in professional development during the summer, I don't think that teaching is especially
difficult. However, it is not just play-time, either...it's a real a job as the other ones that I've had.
My objection to your condescending, blowharding post was the erroneous notion that the difficulty of class size is a myth, as you call it. Your suggestion that simply raising teacher pay for the best 70% of teachers not only ignores that fact, but also ignores the fact that pay is not a motivator, but is rather a hygiene factor.
Simply put...raising pay doesn't equate to better results. You could keep pay the same if you could increase the cultural and familial buy-in. However, I will agree that many teachers (if not most) are union flunkies...Lord knows I was one of the few holdouts to joining the union when I was a teacher.