Why We Should Treat our Teachers Better

Teacher’s salaries have continued to decrease over the past few decades. As a result, becoming a teacher has become significantly less appealing to college graduates. It is much more encouraging to enter a field where you can earn more money from the start. This is frustrating for our education system though because in some schools there aren’t enough teachers for the number of students and in others the teachers are not good teachers. On top of this, we judge our teachers on how their students perform on tests, which is not always the best way to evaluate teachers’ performance. Criticizing our teachers and paying them low salaries is not the way to convince more people to become teachers. It may be worth it to reevaluate how we treat our teachers because the costs to the students’ education are rising higher than we think.

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  1. wenx Said,

    November 23, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

    Excellent point! Teacher’s salary, in the point here, should be increased by a positive externalities in order to reach a efficient equilibrium. If the salaries of teacher increase, the job market of teaching would attract more talented potential teachers, which would result in competition in the job market. This would lead to better teachers in school and bettie education for the students. A better education for students would benefit the development of the country. Therefore the raise of the salary can benefit a third party. Teacher’s salary should be increased by a positive externalities, and resulting in the maximisation of social surplus.

  2. bartolon Said,

    November 27, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

    I think you bring up a very relevant point of how America must reevaluate how we treat our teachers. The article you shared was thought-provoking, and offered strong evidence that illustrated the negative externalities surrounding America’s treatment of teachers. It seems so counterintuitive to preach to young people today the value of education, but then when they grow up they learn that teachers are often underpaid and not supported.

    The demand for teachers will consistently increase as populations age and then retire, and then new generations shift into the workforce. However, if America continues to underpay its teachers and not value their role and potential as educators, college graduates will not be drawn to the profession and the large turnover cost will remain, which could have a devastating impact on the next generation’s education.

  3. cortij Said,

    December 8, 2016 @ 4:24 am

    I agree with the previous comments that were made. I believe that in order to reach the efficient equilibrium for teachers, the government should increase the salaries for teachers by subsidizing their pay with taxes paid for by the community as a whole. The only downside to this, however, is that by having more people want to get in the teaching profession, other industries could face a downfall in labor demanded, thus decreasing the quality and supply of products in fields like law or medicine.

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