Teachers Union Puts Greed Ahead of Learning

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That’s what the teachers unions would like you to believe.  That’s what teachers would like you to believe.  Here’s what one teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers had to say about that.

The Federation indicated that unfortunately, teachers are struggling to find housing in their areas that they can afford on their salaries.  As more teachers pursue additional education after receiving their bachelor’s degree, their student loan debt increases dramatically.  New teachers may not start at an average teacher salary and could therefore struggle even more than veteran teachers, who may have higher salaries.

Before we get into the real issue, we do feel the need to point out one little bit of stupidity.  “New teachers may not start at an average teacher salary…”  Oh my.  We went to engineering school, we took lots of that “math” thingy.  We don’t actually need any of the college level math thingy to note just how stupid that statement is.  To find the “average” you total salaries of all teachers.  Then you divide that by the number of teachers.  When it comes to salary planning people just starting out are never paid what people with more experience are paid because they’re worth less.

Second tangential point, teachers pursue additional education.  Let’s understand that if someone graduates with a bachelor degree in “Education” it means they are among the least qualified people in college.  They have far and away the lowest admissions scores among all groups of new college students.  It also means they spent four years in college mastering nothing.  Personally, we would want our kids to be taught math or science by someone who actually majored in math or science.  Most education majors can’t figure out how to add up a column of numbers.  Oh, and an advanced degree in education is just more of the same crap.

Now then, let’s get to the “pay them more, get better educated kids” argument.  This is very simple, we’re going to look at the Pyrite State, California.

Here’s what California’s teachers get paid.

But a new survey of W-2 data from over half of the public school systems in California found that the state’s average teacher pay and compensation was $84,489 last year.  That figure is 50% higher than the national average of teacher compensation and over three times the $27,519 average annual compensation for all Americans.

Huh?

  • California teachers get paid, on average, $84,489 per year.
  • Average US teacher compensation is $42,245 per year.
  • Average compensation for the parents of the kids in those classrooms (who pay the taxes that pay the teachers) is $27,519.

Well, California must have the best educated kids in the whole world, right?

The Golden State’s fourth-graders ranked 47th in the nation in both math and reading. Eighth-graders ranked 45th in math and 42nd in reading. And the scores show that the gap separating white students from their black and Latino peers   in English and math is bigger in California than it is nationwide.

Well, so much for that idea.

The problem is that there is absolutely no accountability in “public education” either at the K-12 level or in college, and as long as teachers unions are involved in the process there won’t be any accountability.  That’s one reason we are applauding the recent court decision in California striking down teacher’s tenure, or lifetime employment.  Lord knows it can’t hurt anything.



About Author

Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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