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29 September 2011

Greedy Teachers, Indeed

I had to share this from my friend, John, over at Memoirs of a SLACer:

John writes:
In class, I displayed the graph and asked my students what they hear people blame for the rise of health care costs.  They mentioned insurance companies and the uninsured.  Then I asked them what they hear people blame for the rise of education costs.  The first thing they mentioned was teacher pay.  These reasons are given despite the fact that in the past 15-20 years teacher pay has barely outpaced inflation while physician’s salaries have increased a good deal more.
The rhetoric surrounding both of these increases is fascinating because of how clearly it illustrates the low value we place on teachers and the work they do.
I found this informative beyond its usefulness as a classroom example. Thanks, John.

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