Loud, angry voices say teachers are paid well, indeed too well. Really?
Teachers in America make on average $67,000 after 25 years. Yet, graduates going to Wall Street can make $75,000 or more right out of school. First year law graduates can also make more than a teacher after 25 years.
At age 53, one thing that I have learned is that teachers are more important to our society and its future than lawyers and finance majors. But the pay scales say I am wrong.
Restoring teaching to a place of honor in our culture must happen for America to compete in the world. It will not happen if teachers after 25 years average less pay than a finance major fresh out of college going to Wall Street.