Here is the lead-in to an article published over at OpinionJournal.com (registration required):
$34.06 an Hour
That’s how much the average public school teachers makes. Is that “underpaid”?
BY JAY P. GREENE AND MARCUS A. WINTERS
Friday, February 2, 2007 12:01 a.m. EST
Who, on average, is better paid–public school teachers or architects? How about teachers or economists? You might be surprised to learn that public school teachers are better paid than these and many other professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public school teachers earned $34.06 per hour in 2005, 36% more than the hourly wage of the average white-collar worker and 11% more than the average professional specialty or technical worker.
Being that my wife is a [former public school] teacher along with most of her family and I am an architect primarily serving public schools clientele, this stings.
Read the rest of the article here.
It seems that with every other profession, compensation is directly proportional to productivity. Not in public schools.
And don’t even bring that up at family gatherings. Or client meetings.
The real question that should be asked is: who is responsible for the education of my chldren? (Emphasis emphasized for a reason: wink, wink, nudge, nudge).