During my studies and having attended various political forums discussing the economy of education, there is a consistent debate on teacher earnings and teacher quality, and if these factors effect student achievement levels Some researchers argue that a low salary for teachers is directly connected to student achievement levels. Others argue that lower salaries for teachers directly relates to teacher shortages. Regardless of the findings, I don’t need to spell out how detrimental it is to have qualified teachers in the classroom.
So, what happens when qualified teachers find out that they won’t earn enough money to live after they retire? How do you think it makes them feel? While the government isn’t necessarily in the business of paying people while patting them on the back for their accomplishments, it is important to realize that the contributions of a ‘happy people’ goes a long way. Sure I haven’t demonstrated my last arguments on research, religion or whatever, but my point is that teachers deserve more than respect, qualified or not. Deserve what, you ask? Money, allegiance, promised blessings, respect, etc., for taking on a social responsibility to ‘raise’ and ‘educate’ the future leaders (our children). Respect alone doesn’t pay the bills. Money alone does not solve the problem either.
Today I read a couple articles on the BBC talking about the strikes that closed down schools across the UK and Ireland. This is what happens when all teachers get is respect.