Friday, November 11, 2011

Teacher Pay Study Asks the Wrong Question, Ignores Facts, Insults Teachers

As millions of Americans search for work, and millions more scrape by to make ends meet, researchers affiliated with two Washington think tanks — the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation — have recently announced a “finding” that defies common-sense: America’s teachers are overpaid by more than 50 percent.
The new paper from Jason Richwine and Andrew Biggs fails on several levels. First, it asks the wrong question. Second, it ignores facts that conflict with its conclusions. Lastly, it insults teachers and demeans the profession.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't know that I totally agree that teachers are overpaid by 50%. Coming from the "old school" generation, we have to keep in mind all that teachers have to contend with from today's generation of students and parents. However, I totally believe that we need to focus more on "teacher accountability". Regardless of the ills of today's education system, if you're getting paid to TEACH, then that's what you need to do to the BEST of your ability. That's a major factor in this national attempt at education reform. There is NO EXCUSE for thousands of public school students to graduate (if they make it that far), without proficiancy in the basic skills of READING, WRITING, and MATH. There's too much financial waste in education and pouring more money into a broken system helps no one.