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  • i don't think so. yes, they do have to put up with immature people, but they get a few months of in the summer. and some teachers that i know get paid very well.
  • Yes. People don't care at all about most teachers. In America, they've essentially become glorified baby sitters. But, on the other end, many teachers don't care about teaching- when I was in school, lots of my teachers admitted to only getting into teaching because they wanted to coach. Infact, when I was in college, it was the math education majors who always had the most trouble (and least motivation) in my math classes.
  • Teachers are under everything..unpaid, underrespected, underpaidattentionto,underappreciated..I think teaching is the noblest profession and we treat our teachers as afterthoughts..who is more important in your child's life? A sports star, a musician, a movie star? Yet, who do we fawn over, make fools of ourselves over, pay way more money than they're worth to see? Right! How much sense does that make?
  • If you've asked this you aren't a teacher. For the crap they have to go through, and the hours of unpaid preparation time, they are WAY underpaid. Especially when one considers the importance of their job.
  • Have to agree with Rosie. If you think about what we are asking teachers to do they would be paid more money than anyone else for any job. They teach the children who at some point become our leaders. We are willing to pay more for things we believe have value.
  • I saw a video on the news a few days back about a student beating up a teacher ,brutally beating her up and other kids recorded it!! You know what the principal said to the teacher? That she used "trigger words" to set the student off. You couldn't pay me to be a teacher and yes they are underpaid.
  • Compared to athletes . . . definitely. I think they are underpaid and undervalued!! And how did that ever happen????
  • Of course. They're teaching and helping to raise the next generation of our NATION. The next presidents, generals, rocket scientists, mothers, fathers, schoolteachers....I think that job should be MUCH better paid. And of course, if it were better paid, it would become a job that attracted competition, and produced better teachers and students as a result.
  • Good caring teachers are way under paid!!!!
  • The vast majority of them are, yes.
  • Very much so, I know of teachers who love teaching, as I do, and have left because of financial reasons. Good teachers play such an important role in students' lives but as we are not sports figures nor Hollywood stars we are relegated to the lower levels of society. Not all teachers are good but many are and are dedicated to their students. But it is hard to continue that dedication in the financial situations that teachers face.
  • In the county where i live they get $65-$85K and for a 3/4 year job, they are way overpaid !
  • HELL YES!!!!! I put you to the challenge of staying in a classroom for a week, teaching, supervising, planning, going to meetings, being a psychologist, speeh therapist, behavioral coach, mother, a security gard, correcting papers, etc...... And here is a little math..... 40000$/200 days=200$ a day 200$ a day / 30 brats= 6.66$ per day per child 6.66$ a day per child/ 5hrs= 1.33$ an hour per child..... and you really think I 'm over paid!!!!!!!!!!!
  • hec yeah they are. If you see some of the kid's they have to put up with in my son's middle school and high school you would totally agree. There's no way I'd be a teacher!
  • yes underpaid by far, they're teaching kids and making them prepared for the future, it's pretty much their responsibility for how we turn out in the long run b/c they have such a big influence on us. if they were paid better, maybe they would put more time into their teachings
  • Yes of course they are and so is everyone in a government job but the thing is how much you love what you do coz the money cannot replace that in a job you hete.
  • No, I don't believe that they are when you take into account the hours, holiday entitlements and so on. Plus, they are teachers by choice and would have been fully aware of the salary before they even starting training.
  • Most certainly they are. We get tired of handling our kids at times they handle so many for so long and try to make them into better person too. They deserve far far more.
  • i honestly dont know how much they get paid, but i think they derserve a good return. they put up with so much, help so much.
  • No..........if they are not paid good.......then why they choose to be a teacher.......???? quit.....
  • je travaille trop...pas le temps de venir jaser beaucoup ;)
  • I am a teacher, but I teach IT classes and to adults in the field normally. I get paid pretty well but there is a lot of information I must be ready willing and able to put to use or be tested on daily by my students. My case is a little different, but I think anyone that can do this for kids these days, hats off! For what you do you get very little other than knowing you made a difference in a childs life. They won't admit it to you until they are 30 something and have kids of their own, but I will admit it to you all. Teachers are always expected to do their job and don't get compensated properly no matter what subject they teach and no matter how many kids they see a day. Just goes to show you what kind of messed up world we live in when people with the public eye get paid so much and the people that matter don't. Kudo's to all teachers no matter what you do, you all must have the patience to deal with our children even if we as parents can't. - Bondalavin
  • It depends on what country you are refering to...Sweden no...USA yes.
  • In NY state they are grossly overpaid! The teachers union gets them no less than a 10% raise each and every year! Some years its even more than 10%! The school taxes are off the chart yet the republicans refuse to place limits on property and school taxes! One superintendent gave himself more than a million dollar separation retirement package courtesy of the school board and himself! The teachers in NY refuse to meet professional competency tests each year! They feel once they have tenure they no longer have to comply with any rules or regulations what so ever! School districts have become a fiefdom unto themselves! They fight the demand for school vouchers tooth and nail because they know it means the end of their riches flowing endlessly! The public should have the right to decide what school system will receive the money since they are the ones required to pay!
  • Many are. However, I've seen quite a few who are seriously overpaid. And I don't mean it in the sense that they earn so much more than other teachers. I mean it in they are doing such a poor job that you wish you could fire them and give the money they were getting paid to someone else more worthy.
  • LOL under the table you mean??? money stuck to the gum for good grades... jk :D Everyone says that the are underpaid... come to think of it that was just my old teachers complaining that they were underpaid. Is there anyone who thinks they are ever overpaid? people generally will justify earning any amount paid and for some reason always want a little more... stop giving in to inflation
  • yes and it is a for a good reason, because if they were paid well we would have greedy teachers that only got the job for the money
  • definitely not, teachers do alright
  • except CEOs, trial lawyers chasing ambulances, and radiologists (look at x-rays and make $450k), i think that most of us are underpaid. living in the stix, i had to hire doctoral level psychologists (usually 9 years or so post-high school) at $45k because medicaid paid so badly. folks had to work several evenings. my first landlord, a special education teacher, earned $41k and worked about 10 hours a week fewer hours and had a 2 month summer respite. that same teacher, however, if she would have ventured over to work in a budweiser brewing plant, would have made about $10k a year more! that suggests that we americans value beer more than our own kids. and, we value our kids educations more than we value treatment for depression, marital problems, teenage developmental issues. i think that part of the reason that we hear about teacher salaries being too low is because they have a stronger union. they're paid, often, significantly higher wages than police or firemen who work a lot more hours under much more dangerous circumstances. i wonder, if we offered summer classes and paid teachers proportionately more, we'd increase student learning and memorization AND pay teachers an extra $15k a year. we're almost all underpaid. if we took the "excess" profits from the oil companies plus the new additional profits from the war profiteering companies like the vice president's halliburton, and distributed just that profit, the typical working american would make, approximately, an extra $1,500 a year. nothing to sneeze at!!!
  • Definately
  • If you figure in the time off- 10 weeks in the summer and about one every eight during the year, then I don't think they're being abused.
  • Some are, not all. I know some totally awesome teachers that deserve to make so much more, but then you have some teachers that are only there for the money and not for the kids.
  • Terribly! I know folks tend to look to New York and Michigan, where there are strong teachers unions, and extrapolate that to the entire country. I can tell you that ten years ago I was taking home $800.00 a month as a full time teacher with a degree. Seven years ago, I was taking home $1200.00 a month, with 24 hours toward a master's degree. As far as having summers off, you get to pay for the privilege of working summers. You are expected to continue working on a masters degree in the summers. When you get your masters, you have to start working on a rank one. You often work very late at night. You will have professional development in the evening. Nights that you don't have PD, you'll be grading papers and developing lesson plans, which have to be turned in ahead of time and often run 3 pages before you have included all the things that are supposed to be there.
  • YES!!!!!!!!!
  • To me, the purpose of education isn't about the money. As a teenager I wasn't the brightest student but that was just the beginning of my journey. Soon enough I was classified as dysfunctional and sent to the "bad" kid school. Before that transition I began to have revelations, optimism and good. While at this school I began changing these student's lives; I became a leader. Soon enough I motivated the entire student body to become more involved in education, leave their poor manners, and even take better care for themselves. One of the students, I'm proud to say, was encouraged by me in my weights class to shed 60 pounds and take his classes more seriously. Overall I learned that my duty as an educator would be to encourage people to meet their true potentials. In fact my experience there is what encouraged me to become an educator. For myself it's not about the money, it's having an impact on the lives that make up our world. Sure enough we may face financial hardships but to attempt to change a life for the better has more value than money can ever buy. I noticed a comment earlier on not becoming a teacher because of they pay but that disregards the true aspect of why a teacher is a teacher. Sure we can face many criticisms and under appreciation but that is only out of ignorance. Educators build the foundation for their students, this is what was fought for since the earliest of times and until this day. Once in America education wasn't free, people had lived their lives without any basic skills but those passed on by their families. We build the foundation of the future, we do our part to bring knowledge to everyone and even those who criticized us in the first place who should reconsider that without educators there would be a lot of consequences and complications with our modern day society. So spare those who are ignorant, spare those who under appreciate us. Only we know our true movement and function that in my case shouldn't be guided by money but by pride. Knowing the difference you have implicated in so many lives, knowing that this profession has value like no other. I must apologize for the length of my response but please understand where I'm coming from on this issue. If helping others gain knowledge meanwhile enriching good values were not the key principles in this profession that you sought then I suggest you reconsider what you want to do. If you take offense to this that isn't my intention, my intentions are only to express my point of view on what should primarily drive educators because I always hear "I wish I had more money" well, I'm on the same boat but I'm not abandoning the ship just because of financial issues. This is the profession I chose to do, it what I was meant to do. And if sacrificing pay is a consequence, so be it. I wouldn't want to be in an operation room performing surgery just to earn a good sum of money, Doctors do save lives and impact society in a great way. Regardless, I wanted to be an educator because I felt it was what satisfied me most. Overall there are higher satisfying aspects of teaching than the belittlement of the profession through money and judgement.

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