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  •  I'm not arguing - I grew up a teacher's kid (15+ / 0-)

    and my sister and her fiance are teachers!

    I am very well aware of how little teachers are paid, given the long hours and difficulty of the work they are expected to do! (Anyone who claims teachers only work 6-7 hour days and get whole summers off is totally full of shit.)

    I remember what it was like to grow up in a single-income family, and that one being a teacher's pay. We weren't poor, but we were definitely on a very tight budget.

    My point was that inflation - cost of living - has gone up a LOT since 1959, but teacher's pay hasn't kept up with it in terms of buying power.

    Another primary reason salaries appear to have increased so much between 1959 and now is that back then, teaching was considered a "women's job", and "women's jobs" were paid a lot less than their male counterparts.  

    Plus, many teaching jobs now require advanced degrees, which wasn't always the case back then. Start adding in factors like that, and you''ll quickly find that teachers make MUCH less than their counterparts in business.

    Teaching is just not valued by current society - especially by these idiotic tea party morons who are determined to stay ignorant, are proud of being ignorant, and are doing their damndest to keep everyone else ignorant as well.

    On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes. - Molly Ivins

    by Lashe on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 06:38:42 AM PST

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    •  I absolutely agree. (4+ / 0-)

      As I recall, the main difference between us and Finland and Sinagapore is that Finland and Singapore value teachers. What does it say about us that we entrust our children's  education to people we then call -well, the things we have heard lately. Then there's the canard of "those who can, do, this who can't, teach.

      When hard working people who do a difficult and important (perhaps THE most important job) hear those things, what must it do to their morale.

      My point was only that even adjusted for inflation, teachers are not being paid too much and that in the past, they were paid a woefully inadequate amount. And I also totally agree that it was (is) because it is a female dominated profession.

      In my opinion, we should pay teachers at least 50 percent more than we do now.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 07:49:15 AM PST

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    •  Teachers' Student Loans (7+ / 0-)

      And how much debt was taken on in student loans in 1956?

      My daughter teaches fifth grade in an inner city school and will be paying off her $43,000 student loan debt for the next ten years.

      She can't afford to live on her own with her 2011 salary.

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