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July 29, 2009

An interesting thought

Filed under: American culture,New Broads — by maggiec @ 2:13 pm
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I was researching today and found this quote. Obviously, education problems have been around for a while. This is another problem with our system:

Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing. ~John F. Kennedy

Better pay = incentive for better teachers.

Think about it.


1 Comment »

  1. Of course, it might be argued that I’m partial, but I’ve thought about this quite a lot since I started studying to become a teacher. i have the feeling that many people in Sweden chose to become teachers because they either failed to get admitted to the department they really wanted to study at or because they couldn’t come up with a better idea. It has become a sort of last resort where people go who see no other way out. I meet disappointingly few people who are dedicated and really want to become good teachers.

    In this case, I think pay is essential. Obviously, I don’t consider pay to be most important (I wouldn’t have changed from psychologist to teacher if that were true), but I think a lot of people don’t even consider teaching because of the low status of that profession. Status and pay are of course related and higher pay would lead to higher status and more people wanting to study. then, perhaps, we would get students who really want to became teachers and don’t use it as a last resort.

    About the quote, this is useful way of looking at the situation. I don’t want to say that plumbers are unimportant and that it doesn’t require training, but I do think teaching is a lot more important in general, requires a lot more years to study and should thus also render higher pay. In these troubled times, thoguh, I’m afraid we’ll have to wait for that for some time.

    Comment by Snigel — August 10, 2009 @ 12:59 am |Reply

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