July 24, 2014

All Hail Harsanyi

I'm going to post this here if that is okay. For all their faults, I'd like to continue to see my family.

But ThreeSources's favorite, David Harsanyi, dares question the unchallenged truth of teachers' compensation.

Recently, the National Council on Teacher Quality found that schools are training twice as many K-5 elementary school teachers as they need every year.

With this kind of surplus, the question we really should be asking is: how are teacher salaries so high?

The second, and less obvious problem, with Vox's mechanic-teacher comparison is the snobbish suggestion -- thrown around by teachers unions and their allies all the time -- that working with your hands is less meaningful or valuable to society than working with kids.

Now, auto technicians make an average of $35,790 nationally, with 10 percent of them earning more than $59,590, according to BLS data. According to a number of experts from large car companies, there will be a serious shortage of mechanics in the near future, as demand expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. That's 848,200 jobs, according to USA Today. And judging from the information, mechanics are asked to learn increasingly high-tech skills to be effective at their jobs. It wouldn't be surprising if their salaries soon outpaced those of teachers.

I forgot who said it (sorry!) but my favorite line is "Teachers: they demand to be treated like professionals but paid like factory workers."

Education Posted by John Kranz at July 24, 2014 11:49 AM
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